A gang of fraudsters who based themselves in Pollokshields, saw their ringleader, Feezann Choudhary, jailed last week for a total of 11 years.
The callous conmen had perfected a scheme which netted them millions from their unsuspecting victims.
Feezan Hameed Choudhary, 25, not only called himself ‘king’ but he lived like one too. Such was the scale of the con that he flew his personal valeting staff to polish his fleet of Porsches at his villa in Lahore!
The fraudster fleeced more than 750 firms to fund his playboy lifestyle. Hameed managed to claw in £3million a month by cold-calling people pretending to be their bank, and effectively scammed them.
He and his gang ruined lives and put many small businesses on the brink of bankruptcy – leaving one victim so distraught that she committed suicide.
But last week, as the huge con was unveiled in its entirety for the first time, Hameed and the other 19 members of his gang faced justice at Southwark Crown Court.
Judge Peter Testar said: “This was a complex, clever, persistent and pitiless fraud. The damage to the people running these businesses was potentially devastating.”
Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Gould, who led the investigation, said: “It is the biggest fraud of this kind we have seen in the country.
“The level of trade craft they used was as high, if not higher than most terrorist networks.”
A family from the borders who lost thousands to the gang said the scam left them afraid to answer the phone. The farmer’s wife, told the Edinburgh Evening News: “I believed entirely that I was speaking to legitimate bank staff.”