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Fraudsters jailed for £2.4 million fraudulent carbon credit scheme

A fraud ringleader has been sentenced to 13 years in jail after being found guilty of conspiring to con 130 victims out of £2.4m. Photo: PA

Four men have been sentenced to 12 years and 8 months at Southwark Crown Court for conspiracy to defraud and money laundering offences.

The men were sentenced to 12 years and 8 months for their involvement in mis-selling carbon credits to 130 victims. They miss-sold carbon credits to unsuspecting victims through two companies, Harman Royce Ltd and Kendrick Zale Ltd, between January 2012 and August 2013.

They were sentenced as follows:

Michael Nascimento - 41, of Green Lane, Belmont Parade, Chislehurst, Kent. Pleaded not guilty and was sentenced to two years for each of the three counts of money laundering to run concurrently. He was convicted on 13/02/18.

Sandeep Dosanjh (Company director) –30, of Allenby Crescent, Grays, Essex. Pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to defraud and was sentenced to four years and six months for each count to run concurrently. Sentences given on 4 September 2018.

James Lanston (Senior broker) –28, of The Boulevard, Greenhithe, Kent. Pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to defraud and was sentenced to two years and three months imprisonment.

Charanjit Sandhu (Senior broker) –28, of Mayfield, Grays, Essex. Pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to defraud and was sentenced to three years and nine months.

Red Flag Warnings of Fraud

- Check for unusual transactions Check your credit card and bank statements when you receive them, and make a habit of checking them online on a regular basis. Look for purchases you didn't make and charges you don't recognise and question them with your bank.

- Keep track of your mail If you don't receive something you had expected or regular bank or credit card statements, it could be a sign that they've been re-directed to a fraudster.

- Check your credit report Many of your financial accounts are detailed in a credit report. This can also allow you to see if your information has been using fraudulently.