Seven fraudsters have been sentenced following some good work by Action Fraud and Surrey Police.

£800,000

Stolen, after targeting elderly and vulnerable people

Up to 5 years

Jail time

The group, who stole more than £800,000 after targeting elderly and vulnerable people, were given jail terms ranging from 27 months to five years.

Victims were cold called and pressured into investing their savings in materials known as “rare earth elements” – metals and oxides which are used in many electronic devices.

Action Fraud was able to the link the reports made by victims and send them to Surrey Police for investigation.

  • Genarro Fiorentino, 38, of Wetherell Road, Hackney, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud on 28 November 2018. Sentenced to 5 years. He was also issued with a Serious Crime Prevention Order.
  • Darren Flood, 40, of Ware Road, Hertford, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud on 28 November 2018. Sentenced to 30 months.
  • John Docker, 32, of High Road, Chigwell, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud on 28 November 2018. Sentenced to 30 months.
  • Mark Whitehead, 59, of Ixworth, near Bury St Edmunds, was found guilty (by majority verdict) of conspiracy to commit fraud on 28 November 2018. Sentenced to 3.5 years.
  • Vikki King (also known as Vikki Edwards), 39, of Pattiswick Square, Basildon, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud on 28 November 2018. Sentenced to 27 months.
  • Stephen Todd, 37, of Blackwall Way, Tower Hamlets, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud on 6 September 2018. Sentenced to a further year to be served consecutively to a previous 7 year sentence for fraud.
  • Paul Muldoon (also known as Paul Roberts or Paul Taylor), 34, of Hockley Green, Basildon, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud on 9 March 2018. Sentenced to 4 years. He was also issued with a Serious Crime Prevention Order.

Inspector Paul Carroll, of the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, said:

“This is an excellent example of how our close partnership working with local forces can lead to successful prosecutions of cruel fraudsters.

“In this case, Action Fraud was able to link reports made by the victims and send them on to Surrey Police for, what was a lengthy and complex, investigation.

“These criminals betrayed the trust of unsuspecting people and made a living out of lying for their own monetary gain. We are pleased that they have now been brought to justice.

“If you think you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud.”