Fraudster Sentenced to three years and ten months after stealing money from banking customer accounts

A man from North London who committed approximately £80,000 of card fraud has been sentenced at Southwark Crown Court to three years and ten months in prison, following an investigation by the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), a specialist police unit funded by the banking industry.

Edward Trustworth, 30, pleaded guilty to committing fraud by false representation over an 8-month period between 2018 and 2019.

Trustworth would acquire the banking information   of victims and then takeover their accounts by impersonating the account holders through telephone banking. Once Trustworth had control of the victims’ accounts, he would use the stolen card details   to make purchases   such as luxury watches.

Additionally, Trustworth created false documents, including forged bank statements and false wage slips, in order to get a mortgage on a property in North London.

All the victims of Trustworth were refunded by the bank.

Detective Constable Matthew Cornell at the DCPCU said:

Edward Trustworth heartlessly stole from innocent individuals with no thought towards the impact of such a crime.

Fortunately, we were able to identify him and put a stop to his criminal activity, after working closely with the banking and finance industry.

This sentencing should act as a warning to anyone who believes they can benefit financially from committing fraud, showing that they will be caught and brought to justice.

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