An Indian-origin fraudster posing as a automobile salesman has been jailed for 9 years by a UK court docket for defrauding over 200 unsuspecting automobile consumers out of greater than 1 million kilos.
Ravinder Singh Randhawa, 30, was imprisoned for 22 offences of fraud and one offence of cash laundering at Exeter Crown Court in south-west England final Friday.
According to the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Randhawa was the chief of the pretend automobile promoting operation, posing as a official salesman to influence his victims to pay giant sums of cash for second-hand automobiles.
“Randhawa is a prolific and serial offender, preying on trusting members of the public simply wishing to buy second-hand cars. His crimes were sophisticated,” stated Sarah Melo, Specialist Prosecutor for the CPS Specialist Fraud Division.
“He often used identities obtained from previous victims, hijacked the identity of garages and genuine vehicles for sale, so that his victims did not suspect his scam,” Melo stated.
Hundreds of individuals have suffered by the hands of Randhawa and misplaced cash which they may ill-afford. His crimes have had a profound influence on so lots of their lives, she stated.
“Many described the severe effect on their mental and physical health, their family relationships and overall financial stability. For many of his victims this happened at a time when their lives were badly affected by the pandemic,” she stated.
Randhawa usually bought the identical automobile greater than as soon as and the victims obtained nothing as he pocketed their cash. Some victims drove for miles to gather their new automobile solely to find that the storage from which they’d bought the automobile didn’t exist.
Those aiding Randhawa to launder his ill-gotten positive factors, Atif Shariff, 30, and Jason Gilbert, 55, have been sentenced to 20 months and 27 months’ imprisonment respectively for his or her half within the rip-off operation.
Melo stated the CPS labored with Devonshire and Cornwall Police labored collectively to carry the offenders to justice.
“Randhawa showed no remorse for his actions. He would often laugh at his victims and goad them with abusive messages once they discovered they were victims of his fraud,” she stated.
“He boasted to one victim who’d threatened to call the police that, he’d ‘been doing it for years and the police wouldn’t do anything about it. He was wrong,” she added.
The CPS stated it’s now working to get well as a lot of the stolen cash as potential from Randhawa and his accomplices to be able to strip them of their legal profit and return the cash to their rightful homeowners.
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