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Lowestoft woman is guilty of £35,000 eBay fraud

PUBLISHED: 07:49 28 October 2015 | UPDATED: 08:10 28 October 2015

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A north Suffolk woman accused of dishonestly purchasing goods worth £35,000 on eBay using a PayPal account in someone else's name has been convicted of fraud by a jury.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that in addition to the goods she received 28-year-old Yaseen Usman also attempted to purchase items worth a further £103,000 which were not delivered after fraudulent activity was suspected.

Usman, who was living in Carlton Road, Lowestoft, denied fraud between June 30 and July 15, 2013 by falsely representing she was authorised to use a PayPal account set up in the name of Shahbaz Mussadiq.

She was found guilty after a week-long trial. Sentence was adjourned until November 27 for a pre-sentence report.

Giving evidence during her trial Usman claimed the eBay purchases had been made by her husband who told her they were wedding gifts for a relative in Pakistan and to equip a school he was planning to set up in Pakistan.

Usman said her fingerprints were on packaging for a television delivered to her Lowestoft home because her husband asked her to check it worked. She denied a suggestion she opened the package because it was a joint purchase with her husband

The court heard that at one stage Usman had so many parcels they took up a third of the lounge.

The items included a washing machine, a garden grass trimmer, an air conditioning unit and a laptop computer which Usman and her husband told a lodger were gifts for a relative’s wedding.

The court heard that on July 10, 2013, five days before the fraud came to an end, Usman’s husband contacted their landlord to say they were leaving for Pakistan.

Two days earlier a container lorry arrived at the house and all the parcels and the couple’s possessions were loaded into it and the couple’s lodger told police they left for Pakistan on July 11.

Usman was arrested at Heathrow in February, and blamed her husband for the eBay purchases. She denied any knowledge of a PayPal account set up in the name of Shahbaz Mussadiq, her husband’s cousin.

Andrew Shaw, prosecuting, said: “The two eBay accounts that were used to make these fraudulent purchases were both in the defendant’s name and both on the face of it had her details such as her date of birth, mobile phone number and email address.”

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