Feezan Hameed Choudhary, now 32, resident of Glasgow who described himself as ‘King’ and lived like one – jetting off around the globe to party with pop stars.
Dripping in gold jewellery, he showed himself as a music producer and property developer to avoid question about his money. He owned a fleet of flash cars including a Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini and his two Porsches.
He own luxury villas and commercial properties in Pakistan, Dubai and Motherwell, near Glasgow. He also owned a Rolex Watch worth £45,000 and lived a luxury life style, spending holidays in Dubai and different countries.
But his reality was revealed to people around him that he was fleecing British firms out of millions to fund his lavish lifestyle, raking in £3 million a month by robbing bank customers.
For his own lavish life style, he ruined hundreds of lives and put small businesses to bankruptcy. One woman, his victim was so distraught that she committed suicide.
Hameed’s lavish life style came to an end when 16 police forces were sent to bring down his 19 strong gang members.
He used two sisters who worked as Lloyds customer services assistants, were paid £250 for each bank statement they could hand over to Hameed Choudhary . Then he would use the information to trick business banking customers by using sophisticated techniques and software to dupe the customers saying their accounts had been hacked and asking them to hand over their internet banking passwords over the phone.
The bank accounts were then drained while the gang jammed the victim’s phone lines to make sure they don’t alert the banks while the transfers were being made.
Feezan Hameed Choudhary mostly targeted customers from Lloyds, Santander, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland.
Nearly £70 million was laundered through bureaux de change in London and sent to Dubai and Pakistan. Only £47million has been recovered from £113 Million.
When the secrete of his lavish life style was revealed, Feezan Hameed Choudhary fled to France from there he was going to Pakistan by using a false passport but was arrested.
Feezan Hameed Choudhary’s girlfriend Ayesha Nadeem, 25, was jailed for 20 weeks while his brother Nouman Choudhary, 22 who was the accountant of gang is jailed for 3.5 years.
Abdul Iqbal, 23, of Edinburgh, was sentenced to 21 months. Syed Ali Amish, 24, of Luton, was sentenced to 32 months. Mohammed Mehtab, 35, of Watford, was given an eight-month suspended prison sentence. Syed Haider, 31, of Slough, sentenced to 5 years in jail. Bilal Ahmed, 27, from Ilford, jailed for 3 years and Bushra Shabab, 30, from Slough, jailed for 3 years and 4 months.
“KING” Feezan Choudhary, who was caught after using a fake passport to board a flight from Paris to Pakistan and he was eventually returned to the UK to face justice where he was jailed for 11 years.
He has now been accused of running a similar operation from behind his cell and appearing via video link at Southwark Crown Court.
Hameed denied one count of conspiracy to defraud relating to the allegations and will stand trial at Southwark Crown Court on 3 April 2017.
It is the biggest fraud of this kind in United Kingdom.