Showing posts with label CRIME. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CRIME. Show all posts

29 Nov 2009

In 2002, one in every 109 £1 coins was a fake. Today it's one in 40. A former counterfeiter reveals how to spot the fake in your pocket... and asks the question: bearing in mind you can't swap one for legal tender, would you throw yours in the bin?

14 Oct 2009

Police recoup £1.4m from criminals in last two weeks as war on crime profits gathers pace

Oct 12 2009 by Rebekah Oruye, Birmingham Mail

WEST Midlands Police is driving home the message that crime does not pay after confiscating £1.4 million from criminals in the past two weeks.

In addition, nearly £100,000 in cash was seized from a car on the M6 in Birmingham, believed to have been intended for criminal use.

Det Chief Insp Simon Wallis, head of the force’s economic crime team, said: “This money has been taken from those who think crime is an easy way to make money.

“It brings West Midlands Police to a total of £15 million seized from criminals in the last 18 months.

“On many of these occasions through financial investigation and the confiscation process we are able to trace monies and give them back to victims. In cases where money is transferred abroad, it still is able to be retrieved. Crime does not pay. We will investigate those involved in criminality to ensure that they do not enjoy their ill gotten gains.”

Among the success stories for the police is the near £900,000 seized from Walsall conman Mponjoli Malakasuka, who had been stealing and exporting high powered luxury cars.

Malakasuka, aged 36, from the Yew Tree estate, was ordered to pay back the money in one month or face an additional four years in jail. He was originally sentenced to three-and-a-half years in July 2008 for conspiracy to steal.

Malakasuka had used a variety of sophisticated methods to steal prestige vehicles which he then exported out of the UK to Tanzania and Kenya. The cars were stolen both through car key burglaries and a variety of identity fraud and fake hire purchase agreements.

The cars included Mercedes Benz S320 CDi and Porsche Cayenne cars. In all over £300,000-worth of vehicles were stolen.

At the time of his arrest police discovered Malakasuka to be living a life of luxury in his four-bed house. At his address were pictures of luxury houses in Tanzania into which officers believed he had invested his fraudulent cash.

The court accepted the houses in Tanzania were proceeds of his criminality. Financial investigators were also able to show thousands of pounds passing through in excess of 70 bank accounts in the UK and Tanzania including one account which alone had £350,000. Det Sgt Jonathan Jones, who led the investigation for the Economic Crime Team, said: “This has been a great investigation, as not only have we stopped fraud and theft, but we have now recovered the profit that this man made from his criminality.”

In a separate case a money launderer from Birmingham was ordered to pay back more than £450,000 of his criminal profit.

Barrington Fulcott, aged 48, from Kingstanding, was told to pay £450,386 at the hearing in Birmingham Crown Court.

He was given six months to return the cash, or face an extra four years in prison. Fulcott was originally sentenced to 42 months in prison in February 2008 in relation to three counts of money laundering.

He had gathered considerable wealth from his criminal activity which had allowed him to purchase five properties in the West Midlands and begin the development of a large home in St Annes, Jamaica.

29 Mar 2009

A retired US police chief said he was robbed by “probably the dumbest criminal in Pennsylvania” at a police officers’ convention attended by 300 narcotics officers.

John Comparetto said that as he came out of a stall in the men’s room, a man pointed a gun in his face and demanded money.

Mr Comparetto gave up his money and mobile phone. But when the man fled, Mr Comparetto and some colleagues chased him.

They arrested 19-year-old Jerome Marquis Blanchett of Harrisburg as he was trying to leave in a taxi.

When a reporter asked Mr Blanchett for comment as he was led out of court, he said: “I’m smooth.”

About 300 police from Pennsylvania and Ohio were attending the narcotics officers’ convention near Harrisburg.

Well,may be he's not the dumbest criminal ever...Look at the list below according to the Daily Mirror:
1: A stupid armed robber held up a petrol station in Vancouver and then returned to ask the cashier for directions. The 22-year-old man was chased by cops at 100mph after holding up staff at knifepoint but got lost and so pulled into a petrol station for help unaware it was the same one he had just robbed.

2: Dozy Californian thief Claud Gipson-Reynolds stole a fire engine and then radioed for help when it got stuck in the mud. Drunk Gipson-Reynolds called for a tow truck on the vehicle's radio – and was surprised when cops turned up instead. He said: "I could probably get on that show, World's Dumbest Criminals. I was pretty intoxicated at the time. My thinking was not the best." Sure was…

3: Brainless burglar John Pearce was left dangling upside down from the window of a house he was breaking into for an hour after getting his foot stuck. Home owner Paul Ives said: "He must be the world's dumbest thief." Pearce admitted a charge of burglary with intent to steal at Dartford magistrates.

4: A not so clever thief obviously didn't consider how easy it would be to spot him when he stole the prototype of a unique high-performance sports car worth £2m. The British-built Delfino Feroce, which has a maximum speed of 150mph, was being driven from a film studio when it was stolen from outside a flat in Fulham, west London
5: Dim-wit joyriders smiled for a speed camera as they raced past in a car they had just pinched. Police later used the photograph in court which clearly showed the teenage louts - nicknamed Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest by cops - turning round to make sure the camera got their best side. Police could not believe their luck when they found the speed trap picture - taken three hours before the Escort was torched.

6: Yob Andrew Kellett was slapped with an Asbo banning him from posting films of his antisocial antics on YouTube. Kellett, 23 - who calls himself Mr Chimp - was seen taking part in high speed car chases and boasting of 140mph speeds. In one of 80 clips, a car drives from a petrol station without paying, in another a wheelie bin is blasted with a firework and a third shows a man taking drugs. He said: "I'm not Britain's dumbest criminal - I'm just misunderstood."

7: Dopey burglar Peter Addison made it easy for police to track him down - by scrawling his name on a wall at the crime scene. The 18-year old wrote "Peter Addison was here" with black marker pen as he and friends raided a campsite for underprivileged children and went on a drunken wrecking spree. And when police tracked him down he did them another favour, by wearing a T-shirt he had stolen from the site to prove they had the right man.

8: Two would-be car thieves had their plans scuppered when they couldn't understand how to drive a manual. After holding up the owner at gunpoint the duo then spent several minutes trying to fathom out how to drive the Honda Accord to make good their escape in Georgia, U.S. However, before they could drive off police arrived and arrested them.

9: Germany's dumbest criminal was jailed for four years after he attempted to rob a bank wearing a mask that he couldn't see out of. He had to lift up his mask so he could demand money from the cashier which allowed cops to identify him.

10: Dim thieves stole presents from under a Christmas tree at a council's offices only to find out they were fake. Despite the boxes being unbelievably light and when shaken, would make no sound, they still made off with them thinking they had got their hands on a festive haul.

8 Mar 2009

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