Bradford gold fraudster spared jail

A Bradford fraudster who stole gold jewellery from members of the community has been spared jail.

Adnan Qureshi, 33, of Blythe Avenue, Manningham, Bradford, admitted to pretending to be a police officer on 23 April last year to steal £10,000 worth of gold jewellery from a woman in Eccleshill.

He also pleaded guilty to a similar fraud on 4 September 2017, when he took £3,000 in cash and jewellery worth £1,500 for “safe keeping” from a mother at home with her young child in Dewsbury.

His barrister told Bradford Crown Court Qureshi was “a foot soldier” in a sophisticated scam masterminded by his “overbearing and manipulative” brother-in-law, Zain Khan.

Khan, 31, from Bradford, was jailed for 56 months at Leeds Crown Court in September.

Qureshi was sentenced to eight months' imprisonment, suspended for two years, with a six-month curfew order.

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