Man jailed for postal and delivery frauds - Leytonstone

26/02/2016

A fraudster, who gave the police a false name when he was stopped in a car in St Albans, was jailed for 3 years 2 months today, Friday, 26 February 2016.

Jay-Kiel Van-Eda, from Leytonstone, had been involved in postal and deliveries frauds to pay off his drugs debts. When he was stopped driving an Astra in Hatfield Road, St Albans on 24 June last year, he told the police his name was John Carlos.  He did not have permission to drive the car and was banned at the time, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Sukwinder Dhadda said it was three months later that the police were contacted by Van-Eda's legal representative who told them his real name.

She said on 4 November 2014, he had collected two MacBook Pro computers, worth £3,600, from the UK Mail depot using false identification. The next day he went to the company's depot in Tonbridge Wells where he tried to collect a consignment of mobile phones, worth £21,000. He showed staff a passport and a 'doctored' energy bill in an attempt to convince them to hand over the delivery. But, Ms Dhadda said, they had been alerted to the previous day's con and Van-Eda left without the phones while checks were made.

In May last year, Van-Eda was involved in the interception of a credit card that had been sent to a woman in a block of flats in St Albans. Between 22 and 23 May, 18 transactions worth thousands of pounds were made on the card. The defendant was linked to one of the transactions when he was captured on CCTV using the card to pay for £69 worth of fuel at the Esso garage in Ilford.

Van-Eda, aged 32, of Birch Grove, Leytonstone, appeared at court via a video link from Bedford prison. He had pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation, interfering with the mail, perverting the course of justice, taking a vehicle without consent and driving while disqualified.

Jai Patel, defending, said Van-Eda became involved because he owed money to drug dealers. He said he pleaded guilty to the offences and asked the Judge to make the inevitable jail sentence as short as possible.

Recorder Tim Clark jailed him for 3 years and 2 months and banned him from driving for the same length of time saying he must take an extended re-test before his licence is returned. He said Van-Eda had a poor record and described the theft of the credit card as "wholesale identity fraud."

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