Fifteen in court over alleged £12 million 'divert fraud'

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
8 September 2015

Fifteen people have been charged with offences in connection with an alleged fraud involving the siphoning of around £12 million from public sector bodies.

The fifteen appeared at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on 4 September, where they faced money laundering and fraud charges. No pleas were entered and all were bailed to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on 18 September.

The fraud charge states the defendants conspired to defraud public bodies by inducing the organisations to pay cash, due to firms holding construction contracts with them, into different bank accounts.

Nine people have been charged with two offences of conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to launder money, while a further five have been charged with a single conspiracy to launder offence. Another one person has been charged with money laundering.

Lincolnshire Police’s Economic Crime Unit, supported by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, NHS Protect and Guernsey Police have been conducting an investigation, Operation Tarlac, since 2011, when Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust reported being the victim of a fraud.

Since that time the investigation has uncovered 18 other instances where victims have included NHS trusts, various public bodies throughout the UK and the States of Guernsey Government. Around £12 million was “diverted” from these organisations, according to Lincolnshire Police.

Those facing laundering and defrauding charges are: Oluwatoyin Allison, 48, of London; Arif Habib, 54, of Glasgow; Asif Habib, 51, of Dubai; Imtiaz Khoda, 42, of Dubai; Mohammad Nadeem, 31, of Worcester; Abdul Naeem, 33, of Worcester; Monica Thomson, 38, of Airdrie, Scotland, and Stephen Tyndale, 45, of London.

Those facing laundering charges are: Abdul Ghaffar, 66, of Worcester; Tariq Khan, 33, of Dubai; Zahid Muhammed, 46, of Glasgow; Shazia Nisa, 33, of West Midlands, and Yagnesh Patel, 44, of Middlesex.

Oghogho Ehanire, 41, of Preston, was charged with one offence of entering into an arrangement to launder criminal property.

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