Fake cop Mohammed Raja conned 50 victims out of £180k

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BIRMINGHAM: A man has been convicted of posing as a police officer and conning money from people by claiming he could sell them jailed criminals’ homes at bargain prices.Mohammed Raja duped victims into believing he was a West Midlands Police economic crime investigator tasked with disposing of properties seized from crooks under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The 38-year-old – who also used the name Sadat Raj – had never worked as an officer but it’ssuspected he got his hands on police headed paper during his time working as a security guard at the force’s Lloyd House HQ in Birmingham between 2003 and 2005. He created bogus documents to support his scam, plus doctored emailsfrom senior officers addressed to “Sergeant Raja”, and amassed a wardrobe of police uniform including a stab vest, utility belt, lanyard, police fleece and flat cap.
We want to hear from anyone who may have been approached by Mohammed Raja posing as a police officer One couple handed over a £5,000 deposit after Raja claimed he could offer them a four-bedroom house for just £47,000 and also tricked a petrolstation attendant into thinking he worked for “Special Branch” after filling up his Mercedes one day wearing a stab vest.
He went on to show the man and his wife around a house in Kelynmead Road, Kitts Green, having let them in with keys he claimed to have collected from Stechford police station. They also handed over a hefty deposit – but the property actually belonged to a woman married Raja was having an affair with at the time. It’s understood he collectively conned victims out of more than £180,000.
but hisscam was exposed in 2016 when a man contacted West Midlands Police to report what he believed was a corrupt officer. The man – who was facing an assault allegation – said he met Sgt Raja at a café in Alum Rock where he promised to get the charges dropped for a fee of £4,000. He handed over the cash but later became suspicious and reported the encounter to a PCSO he bumped into on beat patrols. Detectives traced Raja from the Mercedes he used to drive to the café meeting and executed a warrant at his home in Southern Road, Washwood Heath, on 1 September 2016 where they discovered the police uniform items, bogus paperwork and documents he’d taken from victims.
A cheque for £70,000 written out to Raja – suspected to be from a potential victim – was also found at the address. He initially denied the offences but later admitted two counts of fraud by false representation – and at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (25 June) he was given a nine-month jail term suspended for two years.