Lancs duo in £12m fraud case

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TWO people from Lancashire were among 15 who appeared in court after an inquiry into an alleged £12m fraud against public and private bodies, including NHS trusts and the government of Guernsey.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the so-called “divert fraud” was alleged to have been committed against mainly public bodies between January 2011 and July 2012. It is alleged organisations were contacted by people masquerading as legitimate construction companies, who provided false bank details for payments.

Nine of the 15 people have been charged with conspiracy to defraud.

They are: Imtiaz Khoda, 42, of Dallas Road, Lancaster; Oluwatoyin Allison, 48, of Voysey Square, London; Arif Habib, 54, of Whitehill Road, Glasgow; Asif Habib, 51, from Al Barsha, Dubai; ; Ali Akbar, 31, of Lineholt Close, Redditch; James Eman, 33, also of Lineholt Close, Redditch; Kalpesh Patel, 43, from Dubai; Monica Thomson, 38, of Ivy Way, Airdrie, and Stephen Tyndale, 45, of Albany Road, Southwark, London.

The defendants and a further five people have also been charged with conspiracy to launder criminal property between the same period.

The further defendants are Abdul Ghaffar, 66, of Lineholt Close, Redditch; Tariq Khan, 33, of Meadway, Ilford; Zahid Muhammed, 46, of Tinto Road, Glasgow; Shazia Nisa, 33, from the West Midlands, and Yagnesh Patel, 44, of Rookery Road, Staines-upon-Thames.

Oghogho Ehanire, 41, of Brackenbury Road, Preston, was charged with one offence of entering into an arrangement to launder criminal property and did not enter a plea. All were bailed to September 18.

All 15 defendants were bailed and will next appear at Lincoln Crown Court on September 18.

UPDATE: Kalpesh Patel was acquitted of conspiracy to defraud contrary to common law on December 20, 2016.Please can the following line of text be added to the foot of this online story from 2015 http://www.lep.co.uk/news/lancs-duo-in-12m-fraud-case-1-7445650

UPDATE: Kalpesh Patel was acquitted of conspiracy to defraud contrary to common law on December 20, 2016.