A man who admitted to using several doctor aliases in order to commit fraud has been jailed for four years thanks to the work of our Serious Fraud Team.
Junead Ahmed, formerly of Hutton, was sentenced today, Thursday 16 November, at Basildon Crown Court, after admitting to a total of six charges at an earlier hearing in June.
The 33-year-old admitted two counts of fraud by false representation, two counts of making or supplying articles for use in fraud, possession of identity documents with intent and money laundering contrary to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
In November 2022, Junead Ahmed began renting a property in Hutton. At the time, he called himself Dr Syed Asad and produced documentation that listed his occupation as a GP, claiming he was earning sufficient funds to make the monthly payments.
The following month, December 2022, Junead Ahmed made an offer to buy a property in west Essex, valued at over £2 million, despite no visible means of support. To “prove” he had the ability to pay for it, Ahmed produced fraudulent bank statements, copies of a passport and driving licence in the name of another alias, Dr Jacob Adams.
Following information received, our Serious Fraud Team launched a complex investigation in which officers identified that not only had fraudulent documentation been submitted as proof of earnings, but that Junead Ahmed had applied for and obtained passports using the doctor aliases to use as “proof of identity” and that criminal funds were used to pay the monthly rent.
Thanks to the work of the Serious Fraud team officers, the sale of the property did not go ahead as the purchase was disrupted by police.
During the investigation, enquiries confirmed that Junead Ahmed was not a registered doctor, nor had he ever practiced as a doctor, and he had only adopted the aliases to commit fraud. Ahmed had changed his name by deed poll to his alias doctor names in order to apply for passports and driving licences to carry out his fraudulent activities.
Following an expedited two-month investigation, the 33-year-old was charged with six offences and remanded in custody to appear at Southend-on-Sea Magistrates’ Court on 21 April.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Samantha Howard from our Serious Fraud Team, said:
“Essex Police take reports of fraud seriously and, with the added threat of an individual presenting themselves as a prescribed medical professional, this type of fraud is totally unacceptable. “As with all cases, Essex Police will investigate and pursue offenders, and present the facts to the courts. “It is obvious that Ahmed has shown a total disregard to all those concerned, both the authorities and the judicial system and we have applied for a Serious Crime Prevention Order that will allow us to monitor his behaviour in the future.”
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