Rugby sex offender and fraudster ‘kept changing his name’

The justice centre in Leamington, where Warwick Crown Court sits
The justice centre in Leamington, where Warwick Crown Court sits

A Rugby man who repeatedly changed his name by deed poll to help him carry out a series of frauds tried to bribe a loss adjuster to support a false insurance claim.

And convicted rapist Mohammed Bhatty failed to notify the police of his rapid name-changes – which he was required to do as a registered sex offender, Warwick Crown Court has heard.

Bhatty, 42, of Bath Street, Rugby, was jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to four charges of fraud, one of possessing an article for use in fraud and five of failing to comply with requirements of the sex offenders’ register.

Prosecutor Iain Willis said that in 2012 Bhatty made an application to the DVLA for a driving licence in the name of Imran Khan, saying he had changed his name from Chaudry Thakur.

In his application Bhatty, who had previously changed his name from Thakur to Mohammed Malik, failed to disclose that he had been banned from driving in the name of Mohammed Malik.

The DVLA issued the licence in the name of Khan in November 2012, but later carried out further checks which revealed the fraudulent application.

Mr Willis explained: “This defendant changed his name very regularly, and DVLA checks did not show the intervening name under which he had been disqualified.”

In September 2012 Bhatty took out a home insurance policy with Coventry Building Society Insurance Service, failing to declare previous convictions or that he lived in a joint occupancy address.

He then made a claim on the policy, saying he had been robbed of £15,000 of jewellery while sitting in a park at night.

When the claim was investigated it was very quickly suspected to be fraudulent – and when he was challenged by the loss adjuster he admitted he had never owned any of the items.

But Bhatty then offered the loss adjuster £5,000 if he took part in the fraud by keeping the matter secret.

The police were contacted, and when they searched his home they found a Nationwide debit card in the false name of M Shah, which Bhatty had for use in fraud.

The following month Bhatty opened a NatWest bank account in the name of Jamil Quareshi – and although he did then change his name to that, he had not done so at the time he opened the account.

Then in January last year Bhatty opened a Co-op Bank account in the name of Naveed Ahmed, falsely claiming to be a manager at Tesco and to have lived at an address in Moultrie Road, Rugby, for five years.

By the time the account was closed Bhatty, who had changed his name from Imran Khan to Naveed Ahmed while opening the account, had run up an overdraft of just over £800.

And Mr Willis said that on five occasions between June 2012 and May last year, Bhatty, who had been ordered to register with the police as a sex offender following a conviction for rape in 1995, failed to notify the police of his name changes.

Matthew Brook, defending, conceded: “It’s not going to be a community order.”

He described the offences as ‘fairly low-level fraud on the banks,’ and said that obtaining the driving licence had been to give Bhatty proof of identity as part of the bank fraud, rather than to enable him to drive while disqualified.

Mr Brook added that Bhatty was committing the frauds because he was in debt to non-legitimate lenders.

Bhatty was jailed for six months for fraudulently obtaining the driving licence, with seven months consecutive for the bank frauds and five months for the insurance frauds.

Judge Richard Griffith-Jones told him: “You are a thoroughly dishonest man, and you are persistent in your dishonesty.”

A four-month sentence for failing to notify the police of his name-changes was made concurrent after the judge accepted he had not been trying to evade the order, but had not wanted to risk alerting the police to his other fraudulent activities.