Mottingham conman Patrick Emuh jailed for six years after bagging £788,297 from tricked 'lottery winners'

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A MOTTINGHAM conman has been sentenced to six years in jail after bagging £788,297 from tricked ‘lottery winners’.

Patrick Emuh, of Bromhedge, cold-called and emailed at least 20 people from across the globe telling them they had won the lottery or inherited money from a distant relative.

The fraudster then instructed his victims to pay advance fees, taxes and handling charges to get their hands on the windfall.

The 54-year-old was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on January 8 to six years in prison after being found guilty of 19 counts of acquiring criminal property.

Before being sentenced for "fraud on an industrial scale" Emuh waved and exchanged smiles with a public gallery packed with family members.

The father of four preyed on victims – who were asked to pay the money into bank accounts or by cash transfer - between 2005 and 2008, and was first arrested in 2006.

Defending, Pamela Brain said debt-ridden Emuh had lived with his wife in a "dilapidated" house and the stress on the family since his arrest seven years ago had been high.

But sentencing Judge David Higgins said: "That you have caused distress to your family I do not doubt but the responsibility for that is yours and yours alone.

"You chose to lead a criminal lifestyle and you must accept the consequences.

"I do not for a moment accept that you are remorseful – no doubt you regret being caught but nothing more."

He added: "It was plain from the evidence that this was fraud on an industrial scale which went far beyond your personal involvement but nevertheless your involvement was substantial.

"All the court needs to know is that your role was a significant one and for all practical purposes you have become a career criminal who routinely committed serious crimes on an almost daily basis.

"Your behaviour was deplorable and deeply anti-social."

Judge Higgins went on to say the "poverty of his defence" of being an "innocent dupe" in the scam was reflected in the jury’s unanimous guilty verdict on December 4 last year.

He also recommended that Emuh be deported.

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6:55pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Gypo.Joe says...

"He also recommended that Emuh be deported."

Back to Nigeria where he will live like a king on his ill gotten gains.
"He also recommended that Emuh be deported." Back to Nigeria where he will live like a king on his ill gotten gains. Gypo.Joe

9:06pm Tue 8 Jan 13

cm punk says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
"He also recommended that Emuh be deported."

Back to Nigeria where he will live like a king on his ill gotten gains.
the undertone of racism has been noted in this post
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: "He also recommended that Emuh be deported." Back to Nigeria where he will live like a king on his ill gotten gains.[/p][/quote]the undertone of racism has been noted in this post cm punk

9:23pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Gypo.Joe says...

cm punk, Patrick Emuh was ya daddy. Ask mummy about it when she puts you to bed tonite.
cm punk, Patrick Emuh was ya daddy. Ask mummy about it when she puts you to bed tonite. Gypo.Joe

2:25am Wed 9 Jan 13

Only_me!! says...

Can't believe people actually fall for these scams
Can't believe people actually fall for these scams Only_me!!

5:31pm Wed 9 Jan 13

maxilomas says...

6 yrs for fraud tut tut tut this man is scum he desrves everything he gets,,yes he lived with his wife and 4 kids and i tell u one thing there is also 6 or 7 more ppl living at his address i live round the corner from this thing and he also have 2-3 big silver motors most probably paid 4 by the fraud money i say the whole family where involved kick em all out of the house but i bet the house has been put in his wifes name so they get to keep it..only 6 yrs tho he,ll be out in 2 or 3 yrs doing exact same thing in another name ,
6 yrs for fraud tut tut tut this man is scum he desrves everything he gets,,yes he lived with his wife and 4 kids and i tell u one thing there is also 6 or 7 more ppl living at his address i live round the corner from this thing and he also have 2-3 big silver motors most probably paid 4 by the fraud money i say the whole family where involved kick em all out of the house but i bet the house has been put in his wifes name so they get to keep it..only 6 yrs tho he,ll be out in 2 or 3 yrs doing exact same thing in another name , maxilomas

5:37pm Wed 9 Jan 13

maxilomas says...

youve come here for a better life i suppose but this is how u treat ppl hahaha what goes around comes around hope them ppl you ripped of come and rip your head off lol
youve come here for a better life i suppose but this is how u treat ppl hahaha what goes around comes around hope them ppl you ripped of come and rip your head off lol maxilomas

10:47pm Wed 9 Jan 13

lollie,erith says...

the poor victims got no chance of getting their money back. where i used to live there some families who were regularly having their homes reposessed due to fraud. this country might try and kick him out but he will end up with rights to stay here because there are no staff to deal with backlog.
the poor victims got no chance of getting their money back. where i used to live there some families who were regularly having their homes reposessed due to fraud. this country might try and kick him out but he will end up with rights to stay here because there are no staff to deal with backlog. lollie,erith

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