02:00PM, Wednesday 07 September 2016
A gang who carried out online fraud offences using the money transfer website PayPal have been sentenced in court.
Adeel Choudhry and Abdul Ali, both aged 22 and both of Glentworth Place, Slough, pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court on July 7, alongside Luigino Mingeel, 19, of Avondale Rise, London.
The trio were identified as an organised crime group, predominantly based in Slough and ran by Choudhry (pictured), by the South East Regional Organised Crime’s (SEROCU) cyber crime unit.
The group would obtain details about PayPal accounts and would then use it to make payments from the accounts to themselves. From there the money was transferred into their bank accounts.
A second method of fraud involved the group members transferring money between two accounts they controlled and making a claim that the transaction was unauthorised in the hope PayPal would refund the money.
All three were sentenced on Tuesday, August 30, and Wednesday, August 31.
Choudhry pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to steal between December 19, 2013, and April 15, 2015. He was sentenced to two years in prison.
Ali pleaded guilty to two counts of money laundering and was sentenced to 10 months for each count, to run concurrently.
Mingeel pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to steal between December 19, 2013, and April 15, 2015. He was sentenced to a year in prison, suspended for two years, and 300 hours of unpaid work.
Detective Constable Rob Byron, from SEROCU said: “I would like to praise the investigation team for their dedication and hard work in bringing about the successful conclusion of this investigation.
“Working closely with PayPal to examine a vast quantity of data and then present this at court has required many hours.
“The sentences and guilty pleas should let cyber criminals know that we will investigate and put forward evidence to bring them to justice."