A married couple splashed out on Rolex watches and Louis Vuitton bags while carrying out a £87,000 banking fraud by posing as wealthy high-flyers.
Emmanuel Scotts, 53, pretended to be a stockbroker while wife Behnaz Scotts, 51, lied that she was a beautician in order to open six different credit accounts using fake names.
They deposited huge sums of foreign cash – including one cheque for £81,000 – and splurged luxury shoes and clothes.
Someone was seen on CCTV buying several Rolex watches, worth more than £36,000, using Scotts’ fraudulent accounts on London’s Bond Street, MyLondon reports.
Scotts was arrested on April 15, 2020, at Heathrow Airport where around £7,000 in euros, several credit cards, cheque books, and a bank statement showing a balance of £104,000 were found in his luggage.
The married couple, both of Chelsea, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and conspiracy to commit fraud following an investigation by the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU).
The DCPCU also searched Mr Scotts’s second home address in Queenstown Road, Wandsworth, finding blank cheques and bank cards in other account names.
Scotts was sentenced to four years imprisonment while his wife received a year and eight months suspended for two years.
Detective Constable Martin Godsave, who investigated the case for the DCPCU, commented: “This husband and wife wrongfully thought they could get away with funding their lifestyle by committing fraud.
“Fortunately, we were able to detect these fraudsters by working closely with the bank to bring them to justice.
“This sentencing is a warning to those who believe they can benefit financially from fraud that they will be caught and punished.”