Charging Announcement

CPS East of England advises charges over courier fraud

25/04/2014

Six men have been charged with fraud on the advice of CPS East of England in a case which covers four counties.

Chris McCann Head of the Complex Casework Unit in CPS East of England said: "I have today advised Hertfordshire Police to charge Rakeem Worthington, Ibrahim Charary, Abdullah Haji, Ashley Thompson, Gael Masidi and Lungangi Amani with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation contrary to Section 1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

"This is following an investigation by Hertfordshire Constabulary for alleged "courier fraud" which involves the duping of individuals in such a way that they reveal their credit card PIN number after which the credit card is collected from the victim by a courier.

"The credit cards are then used to obtain cash from ATMs or goods from shops. The amount involved in this case is believed to total in excess of £50,000.

"This allegation involves victims in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Surrey and Hertfordshire between November 2013 and April 2014.

"The decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors that there was sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it was in the public interest to prosecute.

"The defendants will appear at Cambridge Magistrates Court on 25 April 2014

"May I remind all concerned that these men have a right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."