UK jails flashy cyber criminal who duped banks of £113m, led expensive lifestyle

  • PTI, London
  • Updated: Sep 21, 2016 22:45 IST
Feezan Hameed ‘Fizzy’ Choudhary was jailed for 11 years. He led a pop celebrity lifestyle, spending on shopping sprees in Harrods, Dubai, buying Rolex watched and luxury cars.

The Pakistani-origin mastermind of a £113 million high street bank cyber-fraud, who made so much money that he flew team of valets from Scotland to Lahore to polish his fleet of luxury cars, has been jailed for 11 years by a UK court.

The 25-year-old mastermind of the biggest cyber-fraud Scotland Yard has ever seen, Feezan Hameed Choudhary was jailed for 11 years last week at Southwark crown court, The Sun reported on Wednesday.

Nicknamed ‘Fizzy’, the Glasgow-based criminal, partied with pop stars while splashing out on Rolex watches, jewellery, trips to Dubai and shopping sprees in Harrods.

He owned several luxury motors including a Bentley and a Lamborghini after the scam raked in more than £3 million a month.

He was so obsessive about his motors that he flew staff from Platinum Polish in Glasgow on an 8,000-mile round trip to buff up his fleet of Porsche Cayennes at his luxury villa in Lahore.

He also flew the polishers to Dubai to treat a Ferrari and a Lamborghini.

He fleeced 750 business customers of Lloyds, Royal Bank of Scotland and other banks after tricking them into revealing their account details by claiming they had been hacked, the report said.

Funds were then moved to other accounts “in the blink of an eye” before being withdrawn in cash by a team mules. In total, £66 million was laundered abroad to Dubai and Pakistan.

Pitman Blackstock Solicitors were fleeced out of £2,260,625.89 after getting a call from “Peter” claiming he was calling from the security department Lloyds Bank.

Prosecutor Michael Shorrock described the fraud as “a nationwide conspiracy to defraud companies and businesses by hacking into their bank accounts and stealing large sums of money” between January 2013 and last October.

He said: “Literally, within a blink of an eye, this money was being moved from one account to another... On occasions the breach is accomplished by corrupting bank employees who pass on customers’ information to those committing the fraud.

“The fraudsters were able to interfere with the telephone system of the bank customers so the customer was unable to receive calls while the fraud was taking place.”

Fizzy’s personal take from the racket was between £5,00,000 and £1.5 million a month which he lavished on a pop star lifestyle.

He even hung out with Pakistani singing star Bilal Saeed and claimed to have been producing a music video for the star, the court heard.

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