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Fraudster made to compensate victims

25 May 2021
  • Fraudster made to compensate his victims

  • Victims paid more than £10k

  • Victims lost money to courier fraud scams

Two fraud victims were awarded compensation after a court ordered fraudster Rashidul Islam to pay more than £10k to his victims.

The award was made following work by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), which empowers police to seize offender’s assets to recover money obtained illegally.

The two victims, from Bracknell, Berkshire and Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, were awarded £9,714 and £500 respectively.

Rashidul was found guilty of fraud following an investigation by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Serious Fraud and Cyber Unit. He was sentenced to three years and six months in prison for courier frauds committed between September and November 2017. The compensation was awarded by the judge at St Albans Crown Court on 29 April 2021.

Detective Inspector Rob Burns, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Serious Fraud and Cyber Unit, said: “Courier fraud has been one of the most common type of fraud targeting victims in Hertfordshire for a number of years, often affecting the most vulnerable members of the community.

“It’s good that we can use the POCA powers to recover some of the money that has been stolen and compensate victims. Unfortunately it’s not possible to recover all of the funds stolen but, in many instances, significant amounts have been recovered and returned to the victims.”

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