Further success as Crimestoppers’ fraud campaign results in arrest of alleged £5 million fraudster
A campaign launched by crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers to locate ten of the UK’s most wanted Fraudsters has seen a fourth individual arrested who is alleged to have committed over £5 million worth of fraud [30 August 2011]
Misba Uddin, 48, was sought for questioning by London Metropolitan Police after he allegedly submitted a number of fraudulent mortgage applications totaling £5.7 million whilst working as a financial advisor. Once the mortgages were processed, he is accused of transferring the funds into his own accounts.
Uddin was arrested last Wednesday (24 August) and has been charged and remanded in custody.
Crimestoppers’ Chief Executive, Michael Laurie, said: “The response we have received from the public in our search for these serious fraudsters who are responsible for taking £200 million out of our pockets has been tremendous and to have four of them arrested in less than a month is an exceptional result.
"I urge everyone who hasn’t yet visited our Most Wanted website to take a look and contact us anonymously if you have any information on the remaining individuals being sought.
“One by one, all these fraudsters are going to be caught. The best thing they can do is to hand themselves in. There is nowhere to hide.”
View the six individuals still being sought as part of the campaign. If you have any information on their whereabouts please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or fill out our anonymous online form.
For more information contact Crimestoppers' press office
Notes to editors
- Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use our anonymous online information giving form.
- Around 23 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
- Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over a million actionable calls, resulting in over 108,000 arrests and charges. Over £115 million worth of goods has been recovered and over £213 million worth of drugs has been seized.
- In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK’s Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful with over 1,000 arrests to date.
- Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crimestoppers’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media
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