Ilford man jailed for swindling friends out of £550k in bogus lottery scam

PUBLISHED: 15:23 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:23 27 September 2017

Nazir Mirza, who has been jailed for four years, for defrauding four people out of £550,000. Picture: Met Police

Nazir Mirza, who has been jailed for four years, for defrauding four people out of £550,000. Picture: Met Police

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An Ilford man has been jailed for four years for defrauding four people out of more than £550,000 in a bogus lottery scam.

Nazir Mirza, 29, of Wingate Road, Ilford, who admitted the charges at an earlier hearing, was given the sentence on Monday at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

He told friends he had won £46.5million and need money to unlock his winnings.

Mirza used an elaborate array of forged documents and even introduced one of the victims to a bogus barrister at the court where he was jailed.

Postman Paul Henderson lost £300,000, including his inheritance from a recently deceased aunt.

Sunita Varmar was swindled of £140,000.

She told the Recorder: “All of it was my savings, I was going to spend it on my daughter’s wedding. He knew that.

“I had been caring for my relative who was suffering cancer when I was conned. It has really traumatised me. I don’t trust people any more.”

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