Bulgarian fraudster extradited

Posted: September 19, 2011 in Law & Disorder

A benefits cheat who illegally claimed more than £10,000 has been jailed after being extradited from Bulgaria. Haven’t we got enough criminals without importing them?

IlieGueorgui Sarpanov, 29, of Woodside Park Road, North Finchley, received an 18-month jail term after pleading guilty to the fraud as well as a series of credit card fraud offences investigated by the British Transport Police (BTP).

Officers from the BTP alerted Barnet Council’s Corporate Anti Fraud Team (CAFT) to Sarpanov’s possible involvement in a benefits fraud as part of their investigation into the 29-year-old’s involvement in a £45,000 scam to use credit cards pick pocketed from people around the UK.

CAFT investigators were then able to piece together documentary evidence linking Sarpanov to fraudulent council tax and housing benefit claims between May 2009 and June 2010 totalling £12,250.

But while on bail from City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Sarpanov scarpered back to Bulgaria last August. Der, they didn’t see that coming – foreign criminal on bail. In May 2011, Sarpanov was taken into custody by the Bulgarian authorities after stepping off a flight from Paris to Sofia following a request for assistance from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and Interpol.

Six weeks later the 29-year-old was extradited back to the UK to face trial.

Mind you when you think about it it isn’t very cost effective to get him back is it. His prison sentence will cost the taxpayer sheds load of money even though his sentence will be halved then he will probably remain in the country and not be deported due to human rights crap and then he will legally live off benefits whilst pickpocketing as a sideline. I can’t see the Bulgarians wanting this criminal back that’s why they had no qualms about handing him over.

At a hearing at Blackfriars Crown Court, Sarpanov pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud and fraud by false representation before being jailed for 18 months for each offence – the sentences to be served concurrently – in addition to the six weeks served in Bulgaria.


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