Former Exeter postman found guilty of founding global fraud organisation
Exeter’s Crown Court finds Shaker Javaid guilty of money laundering and fraud
Following a complex investigation, Devon and Cornwall Police recently uncovered an Exeter resident’s worldwide scheme for online fraud and blackmail.
From his 172 victims, Shaker Javaid, 32, a former postman, laundered almost £1 million over a two-year period through an apparent claims-handling business.
Having recruited a former colleague, Alex Stocks, to generate further fraud-based income, police caught Javaid after a foreign Exeter student paid a £300 deposit for a non-existent Southernhay flat.
Among his other victims, ranging from Chinese to African citizens, Javaid tricked a German woman into sending inappropriate images of herself, which were then used to extort £30,000 from her.
In Exeter’s Crown Court, whilst sentencing Javaid and Stocks, the Judge said: “This case first came to the attention of the police in Exeter and in consequence of a detailed and effective investigation.”
“I know the team [Devon and Cornwall Police’s Financial Investigation Unit] has worked extremely hard. This was a case which all started from a £300 deposit for a flat above an office in Exeter.”
Due to his “lesser role” in the illegal operation, Judge Erik Solomonsen jailed Stocks for two and a half years. Javaid, meanwhile, previously an Albert Street resident, was sentenced to a total of seven years.