Man jailed for Mosque collection con - Luton


A drug user, who kept money he said he was collecting for Mosques and religious schools, was jailed for 2-years on Friday, 02 November 2012.

Mazafar Majid, 37, conned people into thinking they were donating to charity when in fact he kept £3,350 himself, Luton Crown Court was told.

Prosecutor Ben Irwin said: "It was sustained, deliberate and elaborate offending in which he exploited people known to him. He was collecting for Mosques during Ramadan - a time when people are likely to be generous - and he exploited that."

Majid, a married father of two, of St Dominics's Square, Luton, appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to dishonestly making false representation and failing to make off without payment. He was in breach of a 6-month suspended sentence passed at Luton Crown Court in July 2010 for perverting the course of justice.

Defence barrister Kevin Toomey said Majid accepted he had been guilty of a breach of trust. He said he had been using heroin and crack since 2002. He had tried to keep off drugs, but had committed the offences when he had "fallen off the wagon."

Judge Martin Griffith sentenced him to 2-years in jail.

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