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SIA conman targets London licensed shop keepers

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SIA conman targets London licensed shop keepers 19th August 2018

Daniel Ashton, of Beaumont Close in Gidea Park was sentenced to 26 months in prison - half of which will be spent under license - at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday (August 10).

The court heard that Ashton, 40, went into 26 shops across London with a fake SIA (Security Industry Association) badge and receipt book and told owners that they needed to pay a licence fee to him in cash - for amounts of £150 up to £280.

In February this year, police became aware of the scam being reported all over London.

In a police interview, the father-of-one admitted that on Friday, February 9, he targeted five shops in Southall - West London.

Two weeks later (Tuesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 23) he targeted premises in Romford, Upminster, Hornchurch and Dagenham.

And just days later he then obtained cash from businesses in south London and Bromley.

He then embarked on other scam sprees in Romford, Dagenham and Ilford across March.

Police arrested him at his address in Brentwood where he was living with his identical twin brother.

Calvin Jackson, in mitigation said that Ashton had racked up gambling debts of up to £25,000 - £30,000 - some of which was owned to family members - and that he had been committing the crimes to pay them back.

Judge Keleher sentenced Ashton to prison for 26 months - 13 months to be spent under licence - and said that he showed a lack of remorse by continuing to commit fraud even after he had been arrested.

He said: “The extent of his offences were unbeknown to family members who came to support him in his hour of need.

“His father wasn’t even aware that he had committed these offences before.”

Pc Oisin Daly, of Havering’s licensing police team, said: “This conviction at least brings justice to the numerous victims of crime from this scam, some of whom have now gone out of business.

“We would always advise businesses to never pay cash to anyone pretending to be acting in an official capacity and if they have concerns to contact their local police or council at the time.”

Source: The Recorder & Pc Oisin Daly


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