North East Regional Special Operations Unit

Operation HOWZE

News / March 24

COURIER FRAUD - SIX MEN CONVICTED OF CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT FRAUD ACROSS THE UK

Between the 2/6/2014 – 15/12/14 a series of Courier Fraud offences occurred across the UK, including the North East of England, in which 43 victims were defrauded of over £100,000. Elderly members of the public were contacted on their telephone by criminals purporting to be Police Officers and were persuaded to withdraw large amounts of cash from their bank. The money was then collected by a member of the OCG pretending to be a Police Courier. 

 

Operation Howze was initiated by North East Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) which involved working closely with the South East ROCU and the following four members of the OCG were arrested and charged with Conspiracy to commit Fraud :

 

Juber ALOM aka Nas KHAN, Milad AHMED, Goynal aka Joynal MIAH and Sabir UDDIN.

 

Enquiries established links with an on-going Courier fraud investigation by Yorkshire and Humberside ROCU (YHROCU) -Operation Raptor - who had arrested Goynal MIAH and had also charged two further members of the OCG - Kevin BOKANGA and Mahbub AZIZ - involved in offences in 2015.

 

Further close work between NERSOU and YHROCU led to both Operations being presented before Leeds Crown Court on the 8th of February 2016 at which time UDDIN, AHMED and AZIZ entered Guilty pleas.  MIAH, ALOM and BOKANGA entered Not Guilty pleas and on the  22nd of March 2016 were found Guilty of all charges.

 

Sentences to follow.

© NERSOU 2014