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 sample ID using Mr Cameron’s picture – with 10 Downing Road as his house address – was present in Dragomir’s rented workplace in Enfield, north London.
The gang have been handed jail sentences at Blackfriars Crown Courtroom on Friday.
Their online rip-off involved a whole lot of adverts for non-existent goods and companies being placed on legitimate websites reminiscent of eBay, police said.
Pretend identification paperwork made in Dragomir’s “manufacturing unit” have been used to set up financial institution accounts to obtain money from the fraud, the Met added.
Det Con Chris Collins mentioned: “Dragomir was an enabler of serious crime whose products are likely to have helped others internet millions of kilos from fraud and evade immigration control.”
The defendants and their sentences
Dragomir, 34, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire: Seven years and 6 months imprisonment after being discovered guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to money launder, possession of fake ID paperwork and possession of apparatus tailored 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 have 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: 4 years imprisonment after being discovered guilty of conspiracy money launder, money laundering and fraud