A FRAUDSTER family who conned £1.3million from vulnerable pensioners have been jailed for a total of 24 years.
The cruel Mohammed clan used a Glasgow newsagents as a front to cold call 40 victims across England and the Channel Islands.
A judge yesterday said the family were “rife with criminality” and “united by ferocious greed”.
At Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday, ringleader Atif Mohammed, 25, was jailed for six years for his role in the plot.
His cousin Asif Ali, 33, was jailed for five years and ten months, three months of which was for a separate mortgage fraud. The dad of two has 24 previous convictions.
Their cousins – brothers Shabeer Ahmed, 26, and Shakeel Ahmed, 21 – were jailed for five years and two months and three-and-a-half years respectively.
They had all previously admitted conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.
Atif’s brother Saif Mohammed, 21, admitted money laundering and was jailed for one year.
The scammers were fed stolen contact details by call centre worker Zoe Latif, 26, who was “manipulated” by then boyfriend Atif, the court heard.
The former student was handed a nine-month sentence, suspended for two years, after admitting encouraging or assisting indictable offences. She was also ordered to do 100 hours’ unpaid work.
Atif and Saif’s mother Shameem Ali Mohammed, 44, was found guilty of possessing criminal property and was jailed for two years.
Her husband Sadiq Mohammed had his not guilty plea to charges of fraud accepted.
Sentencing, judge Barry Cotter QC said: “You are all guilty of involvement in a large-scale fraud to a greater or lesser degree.
When police raided the Mohammeds’ five-bedroom home in Myrtle Park, Crosshill, they found 50 mobiles used in the scam. There was more than £100,000 in cash under Shameem’s bed.
DI Tony Hubbard, the senior investigating officer at Avon and Somerset Constabulary, said: “This was a callous crime which targeted the vulnerable and elderly.
“There was no concern shown whatsoever to the victims, regardless of age or vulnerability.”