Man convicted of using cloned fuel card

05/08/2016

A 40-year-old man from Hodgehill who admitted using a cloned fuel card to purchase over £3,200 worth of fuel over a four month period has today been given a 12 month community order at Birmingham Crown Court.

In 2015 Khaled Abdulkawi was convicted of cloning at least 46 fuel cards and passing these onto accomplices who then used them to steal petrol and diesel from service stations across the city.

Following an appeal by the police through the media, Zia Ul-Haq was identified as one of the individuals who had been using the cloned cards.

Between March 2014 and July 2014, the defendant had used the card at six forecourts across Birmingham and filled up a number of vehicles. In total, Ul-Haq stole ££3,246.27 worth of fuel.

Police arrested the defendant at his home address in Falmouth Road, Hodgehill. He was charged with and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

Anjuli Shergill, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Zia Ul-Haq was fully aware that he was using a cloned fuel card and over a four month period, he purchased £3,246.27 worth of fuel.

"When a public alert was made by the police on the cloned cards and CCTV images issued of the defendant filling up vehicles using the cards, he immediately ceased using them and he thought he had evaded justice.

"However, Ul-Haq was identified as the man in the CCTV images and arrested. He later pleaded guilty to committing the fraud."