East Lancashire postman in £1.3m scam

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Alex Stocks Alex Stocks

A POSTMAN who took part in a £1.3million global money-laundering operation, and was caught after overseas students fell victim to the fraud, has been jailed.

Alex Stocks, 30, from East Lancashire, set up bank accounts which were used as fronts for an internet scam which conned more than 200 victims around the world.

Students at Exeter University paid out thousands of pounds in deposits for non-existent luxury flats as Stocks, and partner-in-crime Shaker Javaid became involved in the swindle, the city's crown court heard.

Stocks, of Windsor Avenue, Longridge, was jailed for 30 months, after being convicted of money-laundering. Javaid, of Albert Terrace, Preston, was jailed for seven years after being found guilty of conspiracy to money launder, a charge over which Stocks was cleared.

One German woman was blackmailed into transferring her £25,000 life savings after hackers convinced her they would kill her family if she refused, the court was told.

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Stocks and Javaid claimed they were victims of the same international conspiracy and thought they were handling genuine payments for online car accessory sales.

Accounts in the name of Flashclaims and Global Supplies were controlled by the two men and used for the transfer of sums totalling £1.3million from around the world, the court was told.

The fraudsters tried to hide their identities by using money transfer services including Moneygram and Western Union.

Tom Mitchell, for Stocks, said his client was paid no more than £1,000 for his involvement in money laundering.

“His personal benefit ran into hundreds of pounds, rather than hundreds of thousands of pounds," he added.

Kathryn Johnson, for Javaid, also said her client was 'rather close to the bottom than the top' of any money-laundering.

Jailing the pair, Judge Erik Salomonsen said: “I accept that you were not alone – clearly there were others – and I sentence you on the basis of a wider conspiracy.”

Both defendants will be the subject of proceeds of crime hearings.

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9:19am Fri 9 May 14

ikap22 says...

They probably could have been successful if they used their turd brains to run some thing legitimate.
They probably could have been successful if they used their turd brains to run some thing legitimate. ikap22
  • Score: 11

9:30am Fri 9 May 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Scum, end off! Send them down and try and get every penny back.
Scum, end off! Send them down and try and get every penny back. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 16

5:03pm Fri 9 May 14

wilddog says...

ikap22 wrote:
They probably could have been successful if they used their turd brains to run some thing legitimate.
the use of the word turd again! Clever boy you king turd
[quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: They probably could have been successful if they used their turd brains to run some thing legitimate.[/p][/quote]the use of the word turd again! Clever boy you king turd wilddog
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10:44pm Fri 9 May 14

ikap22 says...

wilddog wrote:
ikap22 wrote:
They probably could have been successful if they used their turd brains to run some thing legitimate.
the use of the word turd again! Clever boy you king turd
Its catching! Turd!
[quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: They probably could have been successful if they used their turd brains to run some thing legitimate.[/p][/quote]the use of the word turd again! Clever boy you king turd[/p][/quote]Its catching! Turd! ikap22
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11:35pm Fri 9 May 14

Steven11 says...

Your English is coming on great now ,not only can you spell your one disgusting word Turd . Suppose being called this all of your life then I have sympathy with you , but now you have astounded us all , by using a big word (for you at least ) Legitimate , also spelt correctly . I bet you don't know just what it means , but pleased for you . Can't Waite for your next one .
Your English is coming on great now ,not only can you spell your one disgusting word Turd . Suppose being called this all of your life then I have sympathy with you , but now you have astounded us all , by using a big word (for you at least ) Legitimate , also spelt correctly . I bet you don't know just what it means , but pleased for you . Can't Waite for your next one . Steven11
  • Score: -1

1:17am Sat 10 May 14

Lord_Lucan says...

Steven11 wrote:
Your English is coming on great now ,not only can you spell your one disgusting word Turd . Suppose being called this all of your life then I have sympathy with you , but now you have astounded us all , by using a big word (for you at least ) Legitimate , also spelt correctly . I bet you don't know just what it means , but pleased for you . Can't Waite for your next one .
What about your English? Waite??? Don't you mean 'wait'
[quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: Your English is coming on great now ,not only can you spell your one disgusting word Turd . Suppose being called this all of your life then I have sympathy with you , but now you have astounded us all , by using a big word (for you at least ) Legitimate , also spelt correctly . I bet you don't know just what it means , but pleased for you . Can't Waite for your next one .[/p][/quote]What about your English? Waite??? Don't you mean 'wait' Lord_Lucan
  • Score: 4

1:10pm Sat 10 May 14

sen c b l says...

Steven11 wrote:
Your English is coming on great now ,not only can you spell your one disgusting word Turd . Suppose being called this all of your life then I have sympathy with you , but now you have astounded us all , by using a big word (for you at least ) Legitimate , also spelt correctly . I bet you don't know just what it means , but pleased for you . Can't Waite for your next one .
It's you!
[quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: Your English is coming on great now ,not only can you spell your one disgusting word Turd . Suppose being called this all of your life then I have sympathy with you , but now you have astounded us all , by using a big word (for you at least ) Legitimate , also spelt correctly . I bet you don't know just what it means , but pleased for you . Can't Waite for your next one .[/p][/quote]It's you! sen c b l
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12:37am Sun 11 May 14

Steven11 says...

sen c b l wrote:
Steven11 wrote:
Your English is coming on great now ,not only can you spell your one disgusting word Turd . Suppose being called this all of your life then I have sympathy with you , but now you have astounded us all , by using a big word (for you at least ) Legitimate , also spelt correctly . I bet you don't know just what it means , but pleased for you . Can't Waite for your next one .
It's you!
How do you spell w..g .
[quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: Your English is coming on great now ,not only can you spell your one disgusting word Turd . Suppose being called this all of your life then I have sympathy with you , but now you have astounded us all , by using a big word (for you at least ) Legitimate , also spelt correctly . I bet you don't know just what it means , but pleased for you . Can't Waite for your next one .[/p][/quote]It's you![/p][/quote]How do you spell w..g . Steven11
  • Score: 1

12:38am Sun 11 May 14

Steven11 says...

Steven11 wrote:
sen c b l wrote:
Steven11 wrote:
Your English is coming on great now ,not only can you spell your one disgusting word Turd . Suppose being called this all of your life then I have sympathy with you , but now you have astounded us all , by using a big word (for you at least ) Legitimate , also spelt correctly . I bet you don't know just what it means , but pleased for you . Can't Waite for your next one .
It's you!
How do you spell w..g .
Wog.
[quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: Your English is coming on great now ,not only can you spell your one disgusting word Turd . Suppose being called this all of your life then I have sympathy with you , but now you have astounded us all , by using a big word (for you at least ) Legitimate , also spelt correctly . I bet you don't know just what it means , but pleased for you . Can't Waite for your next one .[/p][/quote]It's you![/p][/quote]How do you spell w..g .[/p][/quote]Wog. Steven11
  • Score: 2

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