Rotherham phone scam gang face jail

By Michael Upton | 03/04/2014 2 comments

Rotherham phone scam gang face jail

A GANG of mobile phone hijackers who raked in nearly £3 million by making calls to international premium rate numbers are facing jail.

Waseem Rashid (26) and Kaleem Hussain (31), both from Rotherham, stole the identities of around 1,500 Vodafone customers which were transferred on to new SIM cards.

Along with co-defendants Imran Rasab (35) and Nadeem Ali (26), they transferred their accounts on to blank SIM cards and racked up huge bills with lengthy and repeated calls from Ukraine to rented lines the gang had set up.

The fees from the international premium rate phone calls then went straight into the pockets of the fraudsters — at the genuine subscribers’ expense.

After a five-week trial at Blackfriars Crown Court, a jury convicted Rashid, Rasab and Ali of conspiracy to defraud between January 1, 2009 and September 12, 2010.
Hussain had admitted the same charge.

Judge Henry Blacksell QC adjourned sentence until April 11.

  • Or, just maybe, they found the defendants guilty or not guilty on the basis of the EVIDENCE they heard You followed the case, were you there every day? I doubt it. Your mates didn't get off and you're playing the race card, despite the fact that an Indian guy was found NG. So not only are you suggesting the jury were racist, but also that they were only against Pakistanis. Did those found guilty commit the crimes? Beyond reasonable doubt. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

    JW1978. Fri 04 Apr 08:48:26.

  • Dont think jury was fair! out of the 8 arrested they have decided to find the 4 pakistani men guilty and let the english man & women the mix race and indian go yet as a follower of the whole case they also were part of the whole case an were also found in possesion of things relating to the scam!!!!!!

    imalik. Thu 03 Apr 21:06:54.

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