A fraudster who used false ID documents to withdraw thousands of pounds from Wiganers' bank accounts was jailed yesterday in London.
Julian Mabbutt, from Northampton, pleaded guilty to 15 counts of fraud ar Inner London Crown Court, with a further 65 offences taken into consideration.
Between March 2015 and August 2018, the 48-year-old entered over 80 banks and building societies in Wigan and across the UK and used fake ID documents to withdraw money from customers’ accounts.
The fraudster obtained counterfeit passports and driving licenses displaying the names of account holders but featuring a photo of himself.
He then used these fake documents to try and withdraw large sums of cash, with a total of £152,000 of fraud committed over the period.
Another £113,400 of fraudulent withdrawals attempted by Mabbutt were successfully prevented after being spotted by bank branch staff.
The fraudster targeted banks and building societies up and down the country including in Wigan, Mansfield, Leicester, Darlington, York, Blackpool, Nottingham, Stafford, Grantham, Lincoln, Scunthorpe, Hull and Peterborough.
The fraud was spotted by the in-branch CCTV footage and was referred to the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), a specialist police unit funded by the banking and cards industry. All victims of the fraud were fully refunded.
Detective Constable Matthew Cornell, who investigated the case for the DCPCU, commented: “Mabbutt used false ID documents to go on a fraud spree across the UK, withdrawing thousands of pounds from customers’ accounts.
“Working closely with the banking industry, we were able to identify this criminal and bring him to justice. Today’s sentencing sends a strong message to any would-be fraudsters that they will be caught and punished.”
Mabbutt was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.