Six months’ jail for shops fraudster

A MULTI-COUNTY fraud against supermarkets was uncovered in Scarborough, a court was told.

The fraud, which involved the ordering of goods by computer and using bogus credit cards to be delivered to addresses across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire, was carried out over several weeks last year.

Before the court, pleading guilty to four charges of fraud, was Rizwan Nazir, 30, the court hearing that he admitted being the runner, using his car to collect the deliveries from the addresses on behalf of another.

Nazir, of Lynfield Drive, Bradford, was caught after the Scarborough Tesco store became suspicious and a police officer accompanied their delivery driver to an address in Ramshill Road.

Nazir turned up and asked for the goods to be placed in the boot of his BMW car, providing the driver with a name which corresponded with the bogus credit card used to buy them online.

The court heard that it had been possible to establish that other, but unsuccessful, attempts to get goods, with £13,500, had been made.

Mark Watterson, mitigating, said that his client had not had the “lion’s share” of the goods, having been threatened and coerced by another to travel around collecting he orders.

Nazir, who has previous convictions for dishonesty and domestic violence, was already serving a 20-week sentence for violence and had six months added for the fraud offences.

Classing the offences as having “sophisticated” elements, The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, ordered that the goods found at Nazir’s home should be returned to the stores.

He also made a depravation order covering three mobile phones, a satellite navigation system and a computer, belonging to Nazir, which had been used to commit the frauds.