A credit card thief who made over £45,000 from fraudulent transactions has been jailed.
Deep Mann struck in several London boroughs, including Ealing, and the Home Counties, scamming several small businesses in a four-month period.
The 28-year-old had previously admitted to several counts of fraud and was handed a two-year prison sentence at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday (June 26).
Between September 30 2015 and January 30 2016, Mann used fraudulently obtained credit card details from American credit card holders, which he used to purchase luxury goods from various shops and small businesses across Ealing, Merton, Bromley, Redbridge, Essex and Hertfordshire.
He made purchases over the telephone, of expensive household goods such as washing machines, tumble driers, household electrical goods, bathroom suites, showers, plumbing items relevant to the fitting of bathrooms and showers, alloy wheels, wood flooring and tiles for flooring.
Once the card details were taken, Mann contacted unsuspecting local courier services to collect the goods and met up with them at various locations away from his home address, in South Park Road, Ilford.
Ealing officers were alerted to one of the frauds by a local business in the borough when a card holder called their bank to query purchases.
An investigation was launched by Ealing CID who discovered Mann’s illegal activities by following up a series of leads.
On January 29 2016, detectives witnessed Mann meeting up with one of the unsuspecting courier companies at a roadside in Ilford and taking delivery of goods and cross loading them into another van.
They searched Mann’s van and found a £1,300 bath purchased with one of the credit cards. He was arrested for fraud by false representation.
A search of Mann’s home address revealed purchases made by him in excess of £45,000.
Police say the thefts have had a big impact on Mann’s victims.
The high end items recovered can never be resold, while the businesses are no longer allowed to trade over the telephone due to the credit card merchant stating that any future customer purchases of this sort must be completed via chip and pin process with the customer present in the store at the time of purchase.
This reduces the amount of revenue that could have been earned by business.
Mann was arrested on January 29 last year and charged on April 19, 2017, with seven counts of fraud.
He appeared in custody the following day at Ealing Magistrates’ Court, and then at Isleworth Crown Court on May 18 where he pleaded guilty on his first appearance.
As Mann has no assets, the court was unable to order him to repay the victims. However, upon release he will be forced to sell any future assets that he may accrue up to the value of £45,000.
Detective Sergeant Lee Hand, from Ealing CID, said: “This was a fantastic result, which has seen a prolific fraudster who scammed lots of innocent people taken out of circulation.
“His thoughtless offences affected small businesses who could not afford to take such a financial hit and are now having to recoup loss of earnings.
“As a result of an effective and determined investigation, such a volume of evidence was obtained against Mann that he pleaded guilty at his first court appearance and has received a lengthy time behind bars, which I hope will give some closure to his victims.
“Our message is clear - if you commit such an offence you will be caught and put before the courts to face the consequences.”
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