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Two men sentenced for fraud offences

Two men have been sentenced to more than seven years in prison after they targeted vulnerable people and conned them out of thousands of pounds.

Benaissa Sintim, aged 22 and of Cazenove Road, London and Shaun Johnson, aged 22 and of Prout Road, London, appeared at Norwich Crown Court after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud at an earlier hearing.

The pair were involved in Courier Fraud offences between January 2020 and October 2020, in which vulnerable, often elderly people were contacted by fraudsters pretending to be police officers. The offences happened in Norfolk, Warwickshire, North Yorkshire, Sussex and Derbyshire, when victims were informed that their bank accounts were being used by fraudsters and were subsequently asked to withdraw money, purchase high value items or provide bank details.

A courier, either Sintim or Johnson was then dispatched to the victims address to collect the items – with the men conning them out of a collective total of £218,578.41.

Benaissa Sintim was today (Wednesday 20 October) sentenced to a total of two years and six months in prison after being linked to 37 offences.

Shaun Johnson was sentenced yesterday (Tuesday 19 October) to three years and eight months in prison after being linked to 20 Courier Fraud offences. He received a further year and four months in prison for drug offences.

Detective Constable James Smith said "This was a very sophisticated scam, whereby Sintim and Johnson preyed on vulnerable victims, some of whom have since sadly passed away. They stole thousands of pounds by abusing the trust those victims have in the police, often leaving them with nothing.

"We hope that these results not only act as a deterrent to anyone involved in these scams, but also show that we will work with other police forces, take action and prosecute offenders who are targeting vulnerable members of our community.

 "I encourage members of the public to help us prevent further offences taking place, by reminding your friends and family that neither the police nor your bank will ever ask you to withdraw or transfer money or purchase items.”

Detective Inspector Richard Weller added: "These crimes are utterly despicable. Praying on vulnerable people in this way by abusing the trust they have in the police has had an enormous effect on the victims”.

"I am pleased that both Sintim and Johnson have been convicted for their part in these crimes. I hope that anyone else considering committing fraud, realises that Norfolk Constabulary will track them down, wherever they are and bring them to justice”.

"I would like to pay tribute to the investigators in my team that have worked with absolute determination to get this result for the victims today”.

If you believe you have been a victim of Courier Fraud then please contact Norfolk Police on 101 quoting Operation Radium.

For further advice, head to the Action Fraud website: www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.