March 25, 2024

Meizan Aka was arrested after police launched an investigation in 2019 when a construction firm was duped into sending money into his account.

Leeds Crown Court heard the firm received an e-mail purporting to be from a sub-contractor they worked with on a regular basis.

The message claimed the sub-contractor had not been paid for work they had done and requested the payment of invoices.

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The company then paid the sum of £22,250 into a bank account number in the e-mail

The sub-contractor later contacted the company to say they had not made any request for funds.

A police investigation was launched and Aka was arrested after it was revealed he had used his provisional driving licence and a Yorkshire Water bill to set up the Lloyds Bank account.

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Further investigation revealed £12,000 had then been transferred out of the account to a trading company in order to purchase cryptocurrency.

Attempts had been made to use the account to purchase more than £5,000 worth of foreign currency from Ramsdens, Debenhams and TUI shop in Leeds.

Aka’s account was then completely emptied through withdrawals from cash machines and making Netflix payments.

Aka, of Trentham Grove, Beeston, was arrested and refused to comment when interviewed by police.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of transferring criminal property.

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