Luxury LifeStyle – 13 West Yorkshire scammers, cheats and liars you need to be aware of
Some have made their way into the homes of the vulnerable and the elderly, scamming those who have trusted them and taking their hard-earned savings.
Others have frittered away the earnings of those that they work for, spending their pennies and pounds on a luxury lifestyle that includes cars, holidays and homes.
But despite their best efforts to evade justice they have all ended up in the dock at Leeds Crown Court.
In 2020, the court has dealt with many of the city’s cheats, frauds, scammers and others that have lied to the police.
Whether they managed to avoid prison for the time being with a suspended sentence, or thrown behind bars their awful crimes will remain in their victim’s memories forever.
Here are 13 cheats, fraudsters, liars and scammers that have appeared in court in West Yorkshire in 2020.
Mohammed Mansha Abbas, Mohammed Zulfqar Abbas, Mohammed Vaqaas Abbas, and Imran Shan
A gang of crooked salesmen targeted vulnerable people and strong-armed them into handing over cash and their bank details so loans could be set up in their names.
The cruel conmen worked for Cleckheaton based Bespoke Home Security Ltd and Bespoke Home Improvements Group Ltd selling unnecessary home improvement and security to people, including a blind disabled woman who had Alzheimer’s.
A four-year investigation discovered a total of 28 victims.
Mohammed Mansha Abbas, Mohammed Zulfqar Abbas, Mohammed Vaqaas Abbas, all from Heckmondwike, and Imran Shan, of Leeds, were jailed for a total of 19-and-a-half years.
Abbas, of Leeds Old Road, Heckmondwike, was given the longest sentence at nine years after pleading guilty to three counts of conspiracy to defraud.
Amanat Tariq and Alliah Bradshaw
A pair were jailed for a total of nine-and-a-half years after exploiting vulnerable victims for money.
Amanat Tariq, 37, and Alliah Bradshaw, 40, targeted four vulnerable people by befriending them and exploiting them for money between February and July last year.
Tariq was jailed for six years and six months after pleading guilty to four burglary and four fraud offences.
Bradshaw was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to one offence of harassment and one offence of burglary.
The pair, both from the Staincliffe area of Batley, were also made subject to 10-year criminal behaviour orders.
A Leeds man who is serving a prison sentence for attempting to steal £24,000 in fake medical claims was jailed for an extra eight months after he was caught lying to a judge.
Kasim Mughal was jailed for 30 months last year after pleading guilty to insurance fraud, with five others also handed sentences for their part in the scam.
As part of his mitigation, he provided the court with a fake employee reference which stated that he was ‘an integral part of the team’ who carried out ‘good work’.
He later pleaded guilty to one count of perverting the course of justice.
The 36-year-old, previously of Park Road, Yeadon, was sentenced to eight months in prison, to run consecutively to the two years and six month sentence he is already serving.
A man rinsed his own, elderly grandparents’ bank accounts during lockdown and left them reliant on a charity for food.
Bradley Morrison took more than £13,000 from his grandparents, who are in their eighties, over the course of six months and used the money to buy alcohol and cocaine.
The 26-year-old father-of-one repeatedly took the couple’s bank cards to withdraw more money than he was allowed to and would not return them for days.
He was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to fraud by false representation.
A care worker spun a web of lies to con a couple into putting a roof over her head and pay for her flashy cars.
Kayleigh Asquith, 27, lied about having a young son and boyfriends being violent towards her, impersonated a police liaison officer and even claimed she was connected to a murder case.
She was jailed for two years and three months after admitting fraud by false representation and perverting the course of justice.
She also admitted fraud by abuse of position and theft in relation to a separate incident with a patient.
A woman who stole £77,000 from a company in Leeds by submitting almost 300 fake invoices was jailed for 20 months.
Mum-of-three Pauline Leeming was a director at Paul Smith Plasterers and stole the money over a 16-month period by handing over fake invoices to accountants at the family-run firm.
It subsequently left the company with tens of thousands of pounds worth of VAT liability.
Leeming’s husband Roy was also a director at the firm, but he eventually found out that she was siphoning money from the company to fund her gambling addiction.
Her debts “spiralled out of control very quickly”, even though she had taken out personal loans to try and recover some of the money.
Beverley and Alistair Midgley-McDonald
A married couple behind a nationwide, multi-million pound driving school franchise that ‘fobbed off’ learners and instructors avoided jail.
Beverley and Alistair Midgley-McDonald’s business Drive Dynamics mis-sold driving lessons to hundreds of learner drivers online.
They even hired an agency to manipulate Google searches and online review websites such as TrustPilot.
The pair, who are in their fifties and lived in Leeds at the time of offending, each admitted an offence under the Consumer Protection and Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
After a jury had been sworn in for fraudulent trading trial, the couple pleaded guilty to alternative charges of engaging in a commercial practice contravening the requirements of due diligence.
Both defendants were handed 46-month prison sentences, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.
They were also ordered to pay £50,000 towards prosecution costs and banned from being directors of any company for a period of seven years.
A Leeds driving instructor accepted over £12,000 worth of bookings for lessons after losing his instructor’s badge.
Martial Ngamaleu continued to work for an agency called Pass Me First after being removed from an official register of driving instructors.
The 44-year-old dad, of Moynihan Close, Gipton, Leeds, pleaded guilty to fraud.
Ngamaleu was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.