#AceNewsReport – Dec.16: A fraudster has been imprisoned today (13 December 2021) for duping a victim out of nearly £400,000 in a payment recovery fraud…..
#AceDailyNews Court Report: The Devon and Cornwall police investigation and CPS prosecution demonstrated that Okunoren gained the trust of the victim and deceived them, by falsely claiming that he worked for a company called TMT investments, which was in fact a sham. The victim had originally lost money from a previous wine investment scheme which had not come to fruition.
COURT CASE NOTES:
The defendant identified the victim from this previous investment attempt and exploited his desire to recover his “lost” cases of wine. Okunoren falsely claimed that TMT Investments was able to retrieve the wine from where it was being stored and persuaded the victim that this could be done if significant administration fees and costs were met. As a result, between May 2020 and October 2020, the victim transferred a total of £399,334 to TMT investments in an effort to unlock these problems.
This was a well organised and sophisticated fraud as the victim was duped into making payments to a number of different bank accounts. The money was quickly dissipated either as cash withdrawals or onward transactions. No wine was never recovered.
Okunoren had an unexplained lavish lifestyle funded through cash. HMRC have no records of any legitimate earnings or declared income for him, over preceding years but the police recovered from his flat high-value designer goods such as Rolex watches, thousands of pounds in cash and evidence of substantial spending at Harrods and a holiday to Dubai.
Julie Snell of the CPS said:
” Okunoren gained the trust of the victim through a web of lies and deceptions and cynically exploited the vulnerability arising from the victim’s previous losses to an earlier wine investment scheme.
“In reality the defendant did not work for TMT Investment and his claims were nothing more than an elaborate sham to extract as much money as he could from the victim.”
The CPS is committed to working alongside the government and law enforcement to provide a multi-agency response to combat investment fraud. CPS prosecutors work to seek justice in a variety of cases including those that cause the greatest harm to the public especially vulnerable victims.
Julie Snell is a Specialist Prosecutor for the CPS Specialist Fraud Division.
The Specialist Fraud Division is a dedicated CPS team playing a leading role in the fight against serious and complex economic crime and the financial exploitation of the public, using specialist legal expertise to deliver justice.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.26: The NCA investigation has been supported by Project Invigor, the UK organised immigration crime taskforce led by the NCA but also including officers from Immigration, Enforcement, Border Force and the CPS. In the UK, Cleveland, Northumbria, Durham, Sussex and the Metropolitan Police have also assisted….
#AceDailyNews reports that six men have been charged with offences smuggling migrants into U.K. ……The group, aged between 27 and 64, were all arrested during a series of raids carried out by the NCA and policing partners in February 2018.
CASE NOTES: Five of the men are from the north-east of England, the other is from London: They stand accused of being part of a Kurdish network which would use lorries to transport people from France, Belgium and the Netherlands into the UK. A number of HGVs were intercepted on their way: The migrants would be charged between £5,000 and £10,000 for that leg of the journey: The six are due to appear before Newcastle-upon-Tyne Magistrates Court on Thursday (23 September).
NCA regional head of investigation Mark Spoors said: This has been a long and complex investigation, involving partners from across Europe, including law enforcement agencies in France, Belgium and the Netherlands as well as here in the UK: Since the operation which saw the arrests took place we have worked patiently and diligently to build up evidence which has now led to these charges being authorised by the CPS: We remain determined to disrupt and dismantle organised crime networks involved in people smuggling.”
#AceNewsReport – July.18: In October 2018, PC Adnan Ali was arrested on suspicion of police corruption, following a report of abuse of position for a sexual purpose….
#AceDailyNews reports that threw CPS have investigated an officer and cadet leader charged over alleged sexual offences after GMP referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who decided the investigation should be managed, and the investigation was carried out by GMP’s Major Incident Team supported by the Professional Standards Branch, under the IOPC’s independent direction and control.
The 34-year-old, based in Trafford, was arrested again on 16 November 2018 on suspicion of police corruption and sexual assault and on 13 March 2019 on suspicion of sexual assault, misconduct in public office and distributing an indecent image.
The investigation was completed and evidence passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in August 2019. The CPS has now authorised charges against the officer.
A number of victims and their families have received and continue to receive specialist support and a review into the Volunteer Police Cadet scheme commenced immediately in 2018 and has seen a vast number of improvements made across the force.
PC Ali has today been charged with:
15 counts of misconduct in a public office
Five counts of sexual assault
Distribution of an indecent image of a child
PC Ali will appear before Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on 5 August 2021.
Assistant Chief Constable Nicky Porter said: “I understand charges of this nature towards a Greater Manchester Police Officer will cause concern amongst the public, particularly with those who are involved in the Trafford Volunteer Police Cadets scheme. I want to offer assurances that we have worked closely with the IOPC on the investigation and a review of the cadet scheme was launched immediately following the initial report. We have and will continue to provide specialist support to all those affected by this case.
“I would urge anyone with information to contact the investigation team directly via email on email@example.com or by calling 0161 856 7386. Greater Manchester Victims’ Services can provide emotional and practical support to anyone affected by crime. You can contact your local service by dialling 0161 200 1950, or request a call back via www.gmvictims.org.uk, to talk through support available from trained Independent Victim Advocates. Due to the case being subject to legal proceedings it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time.”
#AceNewsReport – May.10: Benjamin Hannam, 22, was found guilty of being a former member of National Action after a trial earlier this month. He was also convicted of possession of documents containing information useful for a terrorist purpose, and fraud. He had lied in a Metropolitan Police Service application form and vetting form about his prior membership of the terror group.
Hannam spray-painting a National Action symbol in Swindon in May 2017
Former police officer jailed for National Action membership: ‘Hannam had previously admitted possession of a prohibited image of a child found on his computer. The CPS showed he deliberately selected and downloaded it’
30 April 2021
Hannam claimed he had never been a member of National Action. However the CPS was able to show that before it was banned by the Government in December 2016, he regularly posted comments on an online message board and sought to recruit others. After the ban his membership of the group continued and he attended a meeting of National Action members in a pub in Swindon in January 2017.
The prosecution used CCTV images, travel and financial transactions to confirm he was there. Others attending included some who would later be convicted of membership of National Action and terrorism-related offences. A few months later, Hannam attended an outdoor boxing session held in a woodland. He was seen in video footage of the event.
On a USB stick found in Hannam’s belongings, there was a manual on how to use a knife to kill someone and a document written by Anders Breivik, a right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in terrorist attacks in Norway in 2011.
Jenny Hopkins, Head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: “Benjamin Hannam lied on his police application and vetting forms in an attempt to hide his dangerous and racist’s beliefs. During the trial we were able to prove that Hannam had been a member of National Action, a banned far-right terror group, which led to his conviction.” The CPS also applied for a Serious Crime Prevention Order for a period of two years after Hannam’s release. This includes restrictions to ensure effective management of Hannam’s use of the internet to protect the public after his release.
Today, Benjamin Hannam (DOB 22/07/1998) was sentenced to four years and four months in total
Count 1: Membership of a proscribed organisation (National Action) – three years and four months to run currently with counts 4 and 5 but consecutively to counts 2 and 3
Count 2: dishonestly making false representations, intending to make gain for himself, contrary to section 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 – 12 months concurrent to count 3 and the prohibited images offence but consecutively to count 1
Count 3: dishonestly making false representations, intending to make gain for himself, contrary to section 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 – 12 months concurrent to count 2 and the prohibited images offence but consecutively to count 1
Count 4: possession of terrorist material – two years and six months, concurrent to count 5 and count 1
Count 5: possession of terrorist material – two years and six months, concurrent to count 4 and count 1
Possession of a prohibited image of a child – three months concurrent to counts 2 and 3
In addition he was given a Serious Crime Prevent Order which would run for two years from the date he was released from custody and a 10 year notification period under terrorism legislation
He is the latest person to be convicted over involvement in National Action: Mark Jones (DOB: 08/09/1994), Garry Jack (DOB: 06/11/1995), Connor Scothern (DOB: 05/02/2001), Alice Cutter (DOB: 21/05/1996) and Daniel Ward (DOB: 05/08/1990) have all been jailed.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.29: The misconduct alleged relates to the investigation into the deaths of 46-year-old Bibaa Henry and 27-year-old Nicole Smallman in Fryent Country Park in Wembley in June 2020.
Two police officers charged with misconduct in connection with investigation into death of sisters in Wembley: ‘PC Deniz Jaffer, 47, and PC Jamie Lewis, 32, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 27 May 2021 for their first hearing. Both officers have each been charged with one count of misconduct in public office’
28 April 2021:
The CPS London Complex Casework unit authorised the charges following a review of a file of evidence from the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against both defendants are active and that they have a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.
PC Deniz Jaffer (DOB: 28/12/1973) is from Forest Gate Police Station in the Newham Borough
PC Jamie Lewis (DOB: 09/08/1988) is from Forest Gate Police Station in the Newham Borough
The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for a criminal court to consider.
The CPS assessment of any case is not in any sense a finding of, or implication of, any guilt or criminal conduct. It is not a finding of fact, which can only be made by a court, but rather an assessment of what it might be possible to prove to a court, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
Danyal Hussein, 18, (DOB: 10/05/2002) from Blackheath, has been charged with two counts of murder and possession of an offensive weapon, and faces trial later this year.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.24: The victims in this case showed immense courage in reporting the offences and I would like to commend their bravery throughout the whole investigation: “ This conviction shows that even when many years have passed since an offence was committed, offenders can still expect to face justice”
Historic Sex Abuse Case: ‘Man jailed for 22 and a half years for rape and sexual assault of children’ Mark Stephen Hubbucks, aged 63, pleaded guilty to 17 charges relating to four different victims whose ages ranged from around 10 to 14 years old & he also pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children. The charges cover a period from 1994 to 2015’
Stella Waata of the CPS said: “Mark Hubbucks carried out repeated rapes and sexual assaults on vulnerable children and made threats to prevent them reporting his crimes. Thanks to a diligent police investigation we were able to build a compelling case that resulted in guilty pleas: “ We want every victim of rape and sexual assault to be able to come forward with the confidence that the police and CPS are dedicated to securing justice for them.
Stella Waata is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS South West Complex Casework Unit
Mark Stephen Hubbucks (D.O.B. 10 May 1957) was convicted of:
4 counts of rape of a child under 13
6 counts of indecent assault
1 count of attempted rape
2 count of sexual assault of a child under 13
2 count of sexual activity with a child
1 count of indecency with a child
1 count of causing a child to watch a sexual act
3 counts of making indecent photographs of children
Hubbucks was sentenced to 22 and a half years’ imprisonment, to be followed by 2 years on licence.