A fraudster who marketed his counterfeit ID manufacturing unit using a pretend driving licence of former prime minister David Cameron has been jailed.
Dragoz Dragomir and 4 accomplices made £1m in a rip-off facilitated by pretend paperwork, the Met Police said.
A pattern ID using Mr Cameron’s photo – with 10 Downing Avenue as his home handle – was present in Dragomir’s rented office in Enfield, north London.
The gang had been handed jail sentences at Blackfriars Crown Courtroom on Friday.
Their online rip-off involved tons of of adverts for non-existent goods and services being put on reputable web sites similar to eBay, police said.
Faux identification paperwork made in Dragomir’s “manufacturing unit” had been used to set up financial institution accounts to receive money from the fraud, the Met added.
Det Con Chris Collins said: “Dragomir was an enabler of significant crime whose merchandise are likely to have helped others internet hundreds of thousands of kilos from fraud and evade immigration control.”
The defendants and their sentences
Dragomir, 34, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire: Seven years and six months imprisonment after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to money launder, possession of fake ID paperwork and possession of kit adapted for making fake ID paperwork
Mihai Cirstoiu, 37, from Redbridge, east London: Six years imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to money launder and money laundering
George Cerneanu, 25, of no mounted abode, and Georgian Alexandru Stanciu, 27, from Redbridge: Every had been handed 30-month sentences after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to money launder and possession of false ID paperwork
Maria Bilici, 34, from St Albans, Hertfordshire: Four years imprisonment after being found guilty of conspiracy money launder, money laundering and fraud