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Bradford fraudster bought £40,000 Range Rover
9:00am Thursday 27th September 2012 in News
A father-of-three living on benefits bought a £40,000 Range Rover from the proceeds of a mortgage fraud and cheated a garage when he spent £4,000 on new wheels for it, Bradford Crown Court heard.
Kamran Ali, 35, of Farcliffe Terrace, Manningham , Bradford, was yesterday jailed for 20 months after a judge accused him of “blatant confidence fraud”.
Ali’s brother, Imran Ali, 37, who has four small daughters and shares the same address, was sentenced for three offences of counterfeiting DVDs of games and films.
He was jailed for nine months, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work.
Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp said Kamran Ali lied about his income in 2006 to dishonestly obtain a mortgage. He said he earned £50,000 a year when he was on benefits totalling less than £1,000 a year. In June 2007, he bought a £40,000 Range Rover using some of the dishonestly obtained money.
Six months later, he ordered £4,000 of alloy wheels and tyres for it by fraudulent use of a credit card.
On January 28, 2009, police searched the family home at Farcliffe Terrace and found Imran Ali’s computer equipment for burning DVDs and a number of pirated films and games.
Judge Colin Burn said Kamran Ali was guilty of two separate types of fraud and had a criminal record for insurance fraud, handling stolen goods and obtaining property by deception.
After lying to get the mortgage money, he carried out “a blatant confidence fraud” to buy the wheels and tyres for the Range Rover.
Judge Burn told Imran Ali that pirated goods caused loss to legitimate business.
“It was a dedicated effort to make money illegally out of other people’s skills and endeavour,” he said In mitigation, Andrew Dallas, Kamran Ali’s barrister, said he had learned his lesson.
He and his wife had three children and they were expecting a fourth.
For Imran Ali it was said he was a film buff whose counterfeit efforts were “obviously amatuerish”. He would have made less than £1 profit on each DVD that he intended to sell illegally.