‘Extraordinary’ crime: police hunt fraud suspects

The passport photos of the suspects
The passport photos of the suspects

Warwickshire Police are appealing for information to trace two men who are believed to be connected to an elaborate house sale fraud.

Police believe fake driving licences were used as identification. The fake identification contained photographs of the men who police wish to speak to, along with the names of the legitimate owners of the house, in Rugby.

The sale of the property was finalised in December 2012, and £50,000 was transferred to the men.

Det Cost Simon Setchell said: “This was an extraordinary crime, in which those involved were able to fraudulently deceive everyone involved in the sale of the house for their own gain. Luckily the sale was stopped before the buyer and the legitimate owners were left out of pocket, but even so it would still have had a huge impact on them. It was also too late to trace the money.

“We have been investigating all lines of enquiry into this case, and we hope that by releasing the photographs which were used on the fake driving licences, we can track down the individuals whom we wish to speak to.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.

If the public want to give information without giving a name they can also call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org