A career criminal who made more than half a million pounds after tricking stores into handing over refunds for items she never bought has been convicted of a ‘lucrative’ scam. Narinder Kaur – also known as Nina Tiara – ‘shoplifted on an industrial scale’ after travelling across the country to cheat stores out of their cash.
The 53-year-old ‘made it her full-time career’ to pinch items from high street shops – including across the Midlands – before fraudulently claiming refunds she was not entitled to. The serial shoplifter defrauded a string of shops more than 1,000 times during her four-year plot, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.
Now the fraudster faces time behind bars for her scheme. Giovanni D’Alessandro, senior Crown prosecutor at CPS West Midlands, said: “Kaur undertook fraud on a long-standing and wide-ranging manner.
“It was a very lucrative full-time job which demonstrably made her over half a million pounds over this period of offending. She went to extraordinary lengths to carry out her deceptions, seeking to find a way of defrauding a retailer and then travelling all over the country to replicate the fraud.
“She also changed her name legally and opened new bank accounts and credit cards in a second identity to avoid detection. She now righty faces a significant sentence for her crimes and the prosecution will look to recoup as many of her ill-gotten gains as the law allows.”
Kaur, of Chosen Hill, Cleverton, Wiltshire, was convicted by jurors of a total of 26 counts including fraud, possessing and transferring criminal property and perverting the course of justice. She was convicted on March 10 following a four-month trial