Reasons to be Cheerful

#1
It's Friday

And

www.telegraph.co.uk

Cheque fraud gang steal £8,000 from Blunkett's bank account
By Sally Pook
(Filed: 07/04/2006)

David Blunkett, the former Home Secretary, has fallen victim to fraudsters who stole £8,600 from his bank account.

A copy of a £170 cheque paid to the gardener of his home in Sheffield was ob-tained by a man calling himself Paul Akinpelu. Details on the cheque were erased and re-written to draw £8,620 from Mr Blunkett's Lloyds TSB account into a Halifax account in Middlesex.

Mr Blunkett said yesterday: "It came as such a shock. Like with any individual, there is a real worry over whether this cheque had really been written and had I lost control of my finances? It was what is called 'washed', or cleaned-up and re-written with a massive sum of money on it."

Mr Blunkett, who created the national Serious and Organised Crime Agency to tackle major fraud gangs, urged other victims of cheque and credit card crime to come forward. "I knew it was a problem," he said. "What I wasn't aware of until I became a victim myself, is how infrequently it is reported.

"Individuals don't bother because the banks write it off, and banks don't report it because they don't want to be bothered with all the privacy issues surrounding people's accounts."

Mr Blunkett's case is one of a number of crimes carried out by Akinpelu, who is believed to be part of a gang of fraudsters targeting Lloyds TSB account-holders across the country. They are thought to have stolen £30,270.

The original cheque paid to the gardener had been cleared through the bank, but it was then obtained by Akinpelu.

Police officers, who have launched a nationwide investigation, have obtained CCTV footage showing the man using the Halifax account to buy US dollars at foreign exchanges in Brent, St Albans and Watford.

In an appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme, a police statement said: "He uses a Nigerian passport as a form of identification and that shows a date of birth of 18 April 1971, but it could be fake. Experience tells us Akinpelu won't be working alone. The gang must include someone working in the banking system, with access to original cheques and account balances.

"Inquiries suggest this person could be working within the Lloyds TSB banking system or at one of their storage facilities."
 
#2
Shit happens, Guess Blunkett will have to sell a story to the Sun to recoup losses!!!
 
#3
Maybe it's a little payback for the time he had the power to do something about this sort of crime and failed.......yet again :x

Sad really, can't hang on to a woman and a soft touch for some chav scum to fleece. Welcome to the real world Mr Blunkett :twisted: :twisted:

fastmedic
 
#4
MrPVRd said:
It's Friday

And

www.telegraph.co.uk

Cheque fraud gang steal £8,000 from Blunkett's bank account
By Sally Pook
(Filed: 07/04/2006)

David Blunkett, the former Home Secretary, has fallen victim to fraudsters who stole £8,600 from his bank account.

A copy of a £170 cheque paid to the gardener of his home in Sheffield was ob-tained by a man calling himself Paul Akinpelu. Details on the cheque were erased and re-written to draw £8,620 from Mr Blunkett's Lloyds TSB account into a Halifax account in Middlesex.

Mr Blunkett said yesterday: "It came as such a shock. Like with any individual, there is a real worry over whether this cheque had really been written and had I lost control of my finances? It was what is called 'washed', or cleaned-up and re-written with a massive sum of money on it."
What are the chances this is used as an obscure excuse to further the cause of compulsory ID cards???
 
#5
is his bank statement in braille :?: :?: :?: :?:
 

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