Fraudster Jailed Following £55K Online Fraud Case

Fraudster Jailed Following £55K Online Fraud Case

Leicester Crown Court has sentenced Surjan Roopra, 29 to 18months imprisonment after he pled guilty to converting £55,000.

Roopra is now facing a proceeds of crime hearing, where the court could confiscate any properties he may be owning.

Roopra carried out his crime by accessing the email account of a home buyer’s conveyancing solicitor, and then sent a bogus email from this account, giving the home buyer new bank account details in which to send payment.

The victim, thinking the email was from his solicitor, paid the money without thinking twice.

According to the prosecutor:

“Some payments from the defendant’s account went to overseas accounts, some of those in India, and there was a transaction to Nigeria.”

“The Crown’s view is that the defendant played a part in what appears to be an almost worldwide set up, in which the solicitors were targeted and emails hacked.

“It might be suggested the defendant was no more than a money mule, but bearing in mind how much was retained for his own purpose, it’s clear he had much more involvement.”

Jennifer van Deursen

Jen is the Senior Media Officer for Today’s Conveyancer, Today’s Wills & Probate  and Today’s Family Lawyer. Having gained a degree in Multimedia Computing, Jen fell into a content role after successfully applying for a job at Cheshire Police. During her 6-year service, she took on the role as personal Press Officer under the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire and worked in the busy press office for the force. Jen has experience in the marketing and communication sphere, which stems from her time in the public sector, private care sector and now here at the Practical Vision Network, where she can utilise her skills and challenge herself further.

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