The Joint Fraud Taskforce is asking for the public’s help to catch eight wanted fraudsters. The City of London Police is today (Thursday 26 July) urging members of the public to help locate the fraudsters who are collectively responsible for more than a million pounds in fraud losses across the UK.
All eight have been identified through the work of the Joint Fraud Taskforce, an initiative that brings together law enforcement agencies, the financial sector and Government to fight criminals who prey on the public and UK businesses.
They include Nathan Hudson who defrauded people across London, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Plymouth, Cornwall and Poole; Denis Marku from south London who carried out frauds while working as a bank cashier; and six people including a husband and wife, who took part in ‘rogue trader’ scams throughout the country.
The wanted fraudsters have been identified as serious offenders by members of the Joint Fraud Taskforce, with submissions from UK police forces and other agencies, with the campaign to locate and bring them to justice led by the City of London Police, in its role as the national lead police force for fraud.
The eight suspects show the scale of the fight against fraud including how criminals use the internet to commit their crimes and launder the proceeds. This appeal also follows the recent publication of the Office of National Statistics (ONS) Crime Survey of England and Wales which once again showed that fraud is one of the most prevalent crimes in the UK.
“Law enforcement, Government, businesses, and the public working together is one of the keys to combating fraud and bringing criminals to justice.
“The Joint Fraud Taskforce is key to this and brings an urgency and clarity to the UK’s response to fraud, and enhances our efforts to protect the public and businesses across the UK.
“I would urge anyone who has information on the wanted fraudsters to call officers as these people will continue to commit fraud across the globe that cause misery to so many worldwide.”
National Crime Agency Director of Prosperity Donald Toon said: “The eight wanted fraudsters that feature in this campaign have each caused significant harm to people in the UK. We in the NCA are working in close partnership, through groups such as the Joint Fraud Taskforce, with organisations across the public and private sectors to apprehend criminals who have so far managed to evade justice. Members of the public have a key role to play in helping to locate these criminals to ensure that they are brought to justice. I appeal to anyone who may have relevant information to contact Crimestoppers and help ensure that these fraudsters can no longer cause financial harm and emotional distress to their victims.”
Katy Worobec, Managing Director of Economic Crime at UK Finance, said:
“Fraud affects the whole of society, so eradicating it requires action from all corners. Through the Joint Fraud Taskforce the finance industry is combining with law enforcement and the government to make the UK the most hostile environment in the world for fraudsters. “The industry also fully sponsors a specialist police unit, the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit, which targets the organised criminal groups responsible for these crimes.”
Mike Haley, Chief Executive of Cifas, the UK’s fraud prevention service, said: “The launch of the Joint Fraud Taskforce two years ago was an important step towards creating a new era of collaboration amongst government, police and industry partners, resulting in shared intelligence, a unified response and greater awareness of the risk of fraud among consumers. Fraud is the volume crime of the 21st Century and with this more focused approach fraudsters should expect to be caught and brought to justice.”
Today’s release follows the first Joint Fraud Taskforce (JFT) wanted fraudsters appeal, which was issued in July 2016. Two years ago we highlighted ten wanted fraudsters who were linked to over £20 million in fraud losses in the UK and abroad. Of these, five still remain outstanding. We would urge anyone who has information on the five outstanding wanted fraudsters from the 2016 appeal to contact the relevant agency, or Crimestoppers immediately with any information which could assist these investigations.
If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.