Feeds

Online bank fraudsters jailed for eight years

Credit card application scam

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

A five-strong Net fraud gang has been sentenced to a total of just under eight and half years for a conspiring to defraud online banks.

The four men and one woman made bogus multiple credit card applications with Egg, Cahoot, Smile, Marbles, MBNA, and SonyCard.

The gang, hailing from Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire, were arrested by officers from the National Crime Squad in August 2000 after a six month operation. The investigation went under the codename Skoda, which makes you suspect the police didn't expect a speedy resolution to the case.

Detective Inspector Michael Ryan of the National Crime Squad commented after sentencing that "to facilitate their crimes the perpetrators used a combination of old methods with the new advantages the Internet has to offer. Valuable lessons have been learnt which have led to sophisticated measures being put into place to prevent any reoccurrence."

A police spokeswoman said the team thought they were making their claims anonymously, using false information, because the credit card applications were being made online rather than through traditional methods.

The National Crime Squad didn't use outside civilian computer expects to investigate and prove their case. The officer who provided all the technical knowledge to crack the case has now joined National Hi-Tech Crime Unit which formed six months ago. This division will investigate crimes of this nature from now on. ®

The people sentenced are:

  • Jonathan Ellis, aged 28 of Honeypot Close, Milton Keynes was found guilty and was sentenced to 12 months
  • Christian Palmer, aged 28 of Thrupp Close, Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes was found guilty and was sentenced to 2 years
  • Lisa Ramsey, aged 23, of Clarence Road, Stony Stratford, Bucks; was found guilty and was sentenced to 15months
  • William Ross, aged 37 of High Street, Blisworth, Northamptonshire, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing. He was sentenced to 30 months
  • Richard Henderson, aged 25 of Newport Road, New Bradwell, Milton Keynes had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and was sentenced to 60 hrs community service

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather
Founder (and internet passport fan) now says privacy is precious
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015
Sources: time to put in plenty of clock-watching for' iWatch
Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search
Prepare to HAUNT your pal's back catalogue
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?