Three men convicted of conspiracy to defraud companies in Wiltshire
By nhavergal | Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 11:16
Wilshire Police has announced three men have been convicted of conspiracy to defraud in the Wiltshire area.
43 companies across the UK were defrauded in excess of £800,000 by the offenders. This included businesses in Swindon, Corsham, Trowbridge and Salisbury.
The three offenders used fake foreign credit cards to pay for valuable jewellery at high profile auction houses also purchasing electrical goods and car parts.
When victims discovered the cards were fake, the offenders had already collected items which were worth thousands of pounds.
In a statement from DC Amanda Carver, a Senior Investigating officer said: "The offenders used their criminal activities to fund a lifestyle that was way beyond their legitimate means."
"The group showed no remorse for the distress and financial difficulties they caused their victims."
Farouk Dougui, 39 from London and Jabey Alan Bathurst, 23 from Middlesex were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud at Islesworth Crown Court.
Simohamed Rahmoun, 30 pleaded guilty for his part in the conspiracy during the trial and was remanded in custody.
Detective Superintendant, Willie Glasgow said: "DC Carver has worked tirelessly on this case and her dedication to securing evidence, detailed analysis of the financial aspects, and unwavering commitment to bringing these offenders to justice is outstanding."
Dougui, Bathurst and Rahmoun are due to appear at Islesworth Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday, 26, February 2013.