Conman jailed - Waltham Cross

18/10/2013

Conman Hachemi Baziz threw away a wallet containing fake credit cards and identity documents when police arrested him at Boots in Waltham Cross. But it was found by a cleaner the next day in the Pavilions shopping centre and handed over to officers.

Inside they found two forged Belgian identity documents and seven cloned American Express and Mastercard credit cards, St Albans Crown Court heard today, Friday, 18 October 2013.

Michael Speak prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Baziz, 54, had been arrested in the shop for an unrelated matter. As he was being taken to the police station he managed to "divest himself" of the wallet containing the cards and documents. When security staff at the centre handed it over to the officer who had arrested Baziz he saw his picture on the card and realised it was fake. Baziz was rearrested.

The details on the magnetic strip on the cloned cards had come from bank customers in the United States and Hong Kong. They had been used at River Island in Enfield, on the London Underground and in Uxbridge.

Mr Speak said the prosecution had no evidence that Baziz had used the cards himself.  When questioned by the police Baziz said he had gambling debts that had grown to £10,000 to two men called Boris and Drajan. He claimed they had given him the cards to use on their behalf, but he had not done so.

Baziz of Sterne Street, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 pleaded guilty to 9 counts - 7 of possessing fake credit cards and two of possessing fake identity documents on 13 March. He had 5 previous convictions including two offences of fraud by using a fake credit card in Coventry on 24 March, while he was on bail for the Waltham Cross offence.

Defence barrister Michael Morris said Baziz suffered depression and was on five different types of medication. He said the father of three had been to Gamblers' Anonymous in an attempt to solve his gambling addiction.

Judge Marie Catterson jailed him for a total of 12 months telling him the offences were so serious they passed the custody threshold.

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