A prnsioner was persuaded to take out a loan for £15,000 and hand it over to a fraudster posing as a police officer.
A court heard the pensioner was tricked into thinking he was helping out in a police sting to catch con men.
In reality he was the victim of a “sophisticated” fraud in which Kasim Mughal posed as ‘PC Charles’.
Leeds Crown Court heard ‘PC Charles’ told the victim, a retired teacher from Leeds, that his house was being watched.
On one occasion he got the elderly man to take out a loan for £15,000 with the Nationwide building society and withdraw the amount.
He was then told to put the money in a shoe box.
Mughal’s accomplice in the deception, Darren Walker, then called at the property and was handed the cash.
Mughal also tricked the pensioner in another scam where he used his details to order expensive electronic equipment including iPhones and iPads.
The elderly victim eventually realised he was being tricked when he went to a police station thinking he was going to meet ‘PC Charles’, only to be told the officer didn’t exist.
Mughal, 29, of Park Road, Yeadon, was jailed for three years yesterday after pleading guilty to three offences of fraud, and two of impersonating a police officer.
He also asked for 10 similar offences to be taken into consideration by the court.
Walker, 39, of Victoria Close, Horsforth, was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to three offences of fraud and asking the court to take four further offences into consideration.
In another scam Walker managed to obtain the credit card details of his employer and then passed them onto Mughal, who used them to order thousands of pounds worth of goods on the internet.
The pair also tricked another victim by obtaining bank account details of other people and used them to order iPhones to be delivered to the homes of unsuspecting residents.
After they were delivered Walker would turn up at the properties posing as a courier and ask for the goods to be handed over, claiming they had been delivered in error.
The court heard Walker’s and Mughal’s offending was worth around £27,000 each.
Both men have experience of working in call centres, banks and field sales.
Mughal has served previous sentences for fraud and other dishonesty.
The court heard Mughal spent much of his illegal earnings on paying off cocaine debts and high living such as buying Louis Vuitton bags.
Jailing the pair, judge Tom Bayliss QC said: “This was a sophisticated, determined fraud.”