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Joint Fraud Taskforce calls on public’s help to catch eight wanted fraudsters responsible for more than £1 million in losses

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. 

City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson QPM said:

“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.

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Nathan Scott Hudson, 34 (06/12/1983), from Cottingham, East Yorkshire, is wanted by Humberside Police for frauds which lost his many victims more than  £110,000 after setting up a string of fake businesses offering discounted house rentals and short breaks. 

Hudson employed staff and obtained office space and other services on credit, taking money in advance from customers who would then receive nothing in return. After a short period the company would stop trading, and Hudson, who used numerous aliases including Nathan Westbury, Matthew Roberts, and Matthew Collins, would disappear, leaving staff, and customers out of pocket. His duplicitous behaviour covered multiple areas, including Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Plymouth, Cornwall, Poole, and Chancery Lane in London. 

In April 2015, Hudson set up Posh Pad Lettings, allegedly dealing with property rentals, acting as an “intermediary” between the owners of the properties and tenants, providing services such as cleaners, plumbers and electricians. Over the course of the following four months, he committed an estimated £12,643 worth of fraudulent activity in unpaid rent for office space, unpaid bills for hotel rooms and car hire, and unpaid wages for staff. 

The following year he set up Sleep Retreat Hotels, allegedly offering short breaks online. The total of money or services fraudulently obtained from companies, employees and holiday victims under this scam is estimated at £82,405; again made up of unpaid rent for office space, failure to pay for installation of IT equipment and unpaid staff wages. This figure also includes staff resources and legal expenses after a supposed attempt to buy a hotel in Cornwall, and offering a trip on the Orient Express as a charity auction prize.

He operated Anglo Ventures and Anglo Holidays between late 2016 and early 2017, supposedly providing tours, river cruisers and theatre breaks, online. In identical circumstances to his previous companies, office space, suppliers and staff were all sourced by Hudson, under the name Matthew Collins, before he disappeared and left a number of suppliers and victims behind, owing a total of £11,050.

In May and June 2017 a similar fraud carried out by Hudson saw him advertise caravans and lodges for rent in Dorset and the Lake District. The advert was posted on Facebook and generated interest from unsuspecting victims, many of whom paid deposits – £4,130 in total – without ever receiving any holiday or refunds. 

Detective Constable Andrew Chapman from Humberside Police said:

“Nathan Hudson uses various aliases and comes across as a very plausible and likeable person but he is not. He takes advantage of those around him and anyone he has contact with, even via telephone and the internet. His actions ultimately cause financial difficulties to individuals and businesses alike. Hudson has also used the names of high-profile companies and charitable organisations to generate money. This shows how low he will go for his own personal gain.”

Anyone with any information regarding Hudson’s whereabouts or who thinks they may have been a victim of his actions is asked to contact DC Andrew Chapman at Humberside Police on 01482 340639 or andrew.chapman.1643@humberside.pnn.police.uk


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Denis Marku, 21, of Dixon Road, South Norwood, London, is wanted in connection with a series of attempted frauds valued at over £3 million from January 2018 while employed as a cashier at a high street bank on the King’s Road, London (SW3).

On 17 January 2018, bank investigators contacted the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) with suspicions that Marku had fraudulently initiated three international payments on customers’ accounts in the presence of unidentified suspects who posed as the genuine customers. 

When one of the genuine account owners attended the branch on 16 January to query a suspicious transaction, Marku disappeared and has not been seen since. It is believed Marku is part of an organised criminal group involved in high value account takeovers. So far, three other men have been arrested and released under investigation pending further enquiries in relation to this offence.

Marku has strong links to the Albanian and Kosovan communities in west London, as well as south west London, particularly the Fulham and Croydon areas. Given the nature of this criminality it is believed Marku is using proceeds obtained from the crimes to evade capture and remain at large. 

Detective Sergeant Ben Hobbs from the DCPCU said: 

“Denis Marku remains at large. He has coordinated fraudulent account takeovers of customer’s bank accounts from a position of trust within the bank, and he is also pivotal in the laundering of the stolen funds obtained from these crimes.” 

If you have any information as to Denis Marku’s whereabouts that will help us locate and bring him to justice then please contact dcpcu@dcpcu.pnn.police.uk or call 0207 709 6600.

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Five men and one woman are also wanted by police for a series of linked offences, identified as part of a wider series of advanced fee frauds, with victims in 13 different police areas across England suffering a total estimated loss of £3 million.

Advance fee fraud refers to scams whereby fraudsters target victims to make advance or upfront payments for goods, services and/or financial gains that do not materialise, such as business opportunity scams, or impersonation of officials. 

James Flynn, 42, from Wolverhampton, is sought in connection with fraud and money laundering offences; one of which saw a man from East Sheen, London, defrauded between September and October 2014. Flynn, who also uses the name James Sheridan, carried out an advance fee fraud, or rogue trading fraud, on his victim, who was tricked into transferring money into four different accounts, with Flynn receiving £64,600 in total. 

John McCarthy, 33, from Wolverhampton, is wanted for five fraud and money laundering offences, at least one of which saw him pose as a Trading Standards officer, convincing elderly occupants across London, Surrey, Kent, and Sussex to pay thousands to have flood damage in their houses repaired.

He targeted a man from Purley, Surrey, in an advance fee fraud in February 2014, convincing his victim to transfer £17,000 into McCarthy’s account, under false pretences. He used the same method to dupe a man from Bromley, Kent between March and August of that year, with the victim suffering a total loss of £47,500. The victim transferred fees of £2,500 and £4,000 to McCarthy, both of which the suspect withdrew on the day of transfer. 

In May 2014, a man from Enfield, London, transferred a total of £74,100 to McCarthy in four transactions, after becoming his latest victim of a rogue trader scam. In June 2014, another victim, a woman from Crowborough, Sussex, was also defrauded of £2,500 in a similar fashion, convinced to transfer money under false pretences to McCarthy’s account due to a supposed water leak at her property. The following month, a Croydon-based man was the victim the same scam, transferring £18,000 into McCarthy’s account.

John Joseph O’Brien, 49, from Cambridge, is also suspected of fraud and money laundering. He received £75,000 from a London-based victim following another advance fee fraud. Between September and October 2014, his victim transferred the money into four different accounts.

Daniel Sheridan, 48, from Wolverhampton, is sought in connection with four fraud and money laundering offences, one of which progressed in such a sophisticated way, it included the use of multiple callers; calls from court and eventually a conference call where the male claimed to be a judge and threatened the victim with imprisonment for contempt of court transfers were not made. Transfers to a total of £79,000 were made Sheridan’s bank account. 

Kathleen McCarthy, 29, from Wolverhampton, is wanted for sentencing having been convicted in her absence of nineteen counts of money laundering following trial. She received over £220,000 from fourteen elderly and/or vulnerable victims between December 2013 and December 2014. Victims were from 11 counties in the UK.  

Oliver Boswell, 30, from Wolverhampton, the husband/partner of Kathleen McCarthy pleaded guilty of four money laundering offences in January 2017, he received £24,000 from four victims between January 2014 and June 2014. Sentencing was postponed until after the trial that Kathleen McCarthy was convicted, he failed to attend and is wanted by the court.  

This case is being overseen by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU). SEROCU comprises police officers and staff from the forces of Thames Valley, Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire and works in conjunction with the UK Border Agency, HMRC and the National Crime Agency to combat cross-border organised crime.

Detective Constable Lee Pocock, from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, said:

“This is organised criminality targeting the most vulnerable in our society. The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit will pursue these individuals using all resources and partner agencies available to ensure prosecution and sentencing. Upon conviction we will also conduct confiscation proceeding under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to ensure compensation for the victims.”

To contact DC Lee Pocock at SEROCU with information on any of these individuals, email lee.pocock@serocu.pnn.police.uk

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Today’s release follows the first Joint Fraud Taskforce (JFT) wanted fraudsters appeal, which was issued on 19 July 2016. 

Two years ago we highlighted several wanted fraudsters who were linked to over £20 million in fraud losses in the UK and abroad. We would urge anyone who has information on the four outstanding wanted fraudsters from the 2016 appeal to contact us 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.

Sandeep Arora, 44, is still wanted in connection with the evasion of over £4.5 million VAT and Film Tax from HMRC. Between 2007 and 2011, Arora set-up a production company with offices in central London while he lived in Beckton, East London. He made the VAT and Film Tax claims for films entitled Billy the Beagle, London Dreams, Kuan Bola, Aagosh, Trapped and Kia the Dream Girl, but they either didn’t exist at all or he had no involvement with them.

He is known in the Bollywood film industry as Karan Arora and purports to be a film producer who makes films in India and Fiji. Arora is currently believed to be in India, and it is highly likely that he will continue to commit further offences until he is caught. If you have any information relating to the whereabouts of Arora then please contact the Customs Confidential Hotline on 0800 595 0000.

Levi John Coyle, 38, of Colchester, is wanted by the City of London Police for orchestrating a boiler room fraud for which he was found guilty after failing to appear at court. In September 2013 a jury at the Old Bailey found Coyle guilty of selling fake shares and defrauding investors out of £700,000 between 2009 and 2010 whilst he claimed to be a broker.

During this time he cold-called victims to offer stock market shares at discounted prices or for sought after shares that were not at the time available to the general public to buy. These transactions were fraudulent and Coyle was sentenced in his absence to six years imprisonment for conspiracy to defraud, fraud by false representation and money laundering.

Faisal Butt, 41, of Lahore, Pakistan is wanted by the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) for conspiracy to defraud after compromising over one hundred customer bank accounts in the UK which resulted in the customers having hundreds of thousands of pounds being taken from their bank accounts. Multiple banks were targeted by Butt and his criminal colleagues.

Butt, along with a ‘bank insider’ and a number of others in his criminal gang, were able to pass themselves off as genuine account holders and open joint bank accounts linked to existing customers’ main accounts. By opening these accounts they were able to obtain credit and debit cards and transfer the customers’ funds into their own accounts or reset the customers’ security details. An ongoing financial investigation is taking place to try and find where the money has been sent.

Butt was charged with conspiracy to defraud on 31 March 2015 and appeared at the Old Bailey on 19 October 2015. However, he failed to return to court and was sentenced in his absence. Butt is thought to have gone to Pakistan and his whereabouts are currently unknown. UK Border Agency checks have been carried out to trace him, and he is subject to European arrest warrant. If you have information relating to the whereabouts of Butt please contact the DCPCU on 0207 709 6600.

Naeem Ahmed, 46, of Arden Road, Smethwick, is charged in connection with 21 fraud offences which he has committed at mobile phone shops between the 14 June 2014 and the 7 October 2014. He was arrested in October 2014 after mobile phone staff who were serving Ahmad, suspected that he had committed fraudulent activity at store in Portsmouth.

Specifically the offences have been committed in Portsmouth, Salisbury, Eastleigh, Andover, Bridgewater, Weston Super Mare, Taunton, Leeds, Dewsbury, Wakefield, Castleford, Newbury, Fareham, Southampton, Winchester, Bristol, and Cardiff.

On all of the above occasions Ahmed, who is also believed to be using a number of aliases, has obtained in-store mobile phone upgrades and been given new handsets by using stolen customer details. Ahmed is believed to be in Birmingham or other areas in the west Midlands.

Despite extensive enquiries into locating his whereabouts, along with the UK wide circulation of Ahmed’s image to all police forces, his is still at large. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is urged to call Hampshire Police on 101 quoting ref 44140362728.

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These individuals were all arrested and dealt with following the 2016 appeal. Details of the some of the offences are outlined below:

Alex Mckenzie was arrested by Metropolitan Police officers on Tuesday 13 September 2016 as he disembarked a flight from San Francisco. American authorities assisted in his deportation after McKenzie was identified by San Francisco Police Department on the 26 July 2016. He was sentenced to 28 months in prison at Isleworth Crown Court on 12 October 2016 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120. He has since been released.

Marius Lucian Anton was arrested by officers in Kent on Wednesday 20 July 2016 as he attempted to leave the UK. This arrest came less than 48 hours after his image was circulated to media. Anton, a Romanian national, was wanted by Cheshire Policefor allegedly committing multiple ATM fraud offences across the UK in early 2012. In August 2016 he was sentenced to 14 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay £1,092 during a POCA forfeiture hearing. He was deported to Romania in November 2016.

Felix Rooney was arrested by Police Scotland on 14 September 2016 in Edinburgh. He was wanted by officers from Greater Manchester Police and was subsequently recalled to prison. Rooney was wanted by police for defrauding an elderly victim who was duped into paying close to £100,000 for building work.

Adam James Stagg was arrested by the Philippines Bureau of Immigration (BOI) in February 2017. It was alleged that he set up a string of companies trading from the Philippines offering customers in the UK deals on watches costing upwards of £100. On 9 March 2018, he received a caution for making false representation.

Bayo Lawrence Anoworin, 43 (9/8/74), from Lagos, Nigeria, was wanted by Lincolnshire Police in connection with fraud offences and money laundering. Anoworin was arrested by US authorities and extradition proceedings are underway. 

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