An Indian-born man has been sentenced to three years in prison for fraud offenses after admitting to scaring away potential property buyers, many of them also of Indian-born, of nearly £16,000, Scotland Yard said.
Jaspal Singh Juttla, 64, was convicted by London’s Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday of four counts of fraud by making false statements and one count of engaging in a regulated activity without permission to do so.
The offenses took place between May 2019 and January 2021 and Juttla pleaded guilty to the offenses at a previous hearing in August last year at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. The crimes involve four victims, where property buyers were scammed into handing over approximately GBP 15,790 to Juttla posing as a mortgage adviser.
“Jaspal Singh Juttla is a persistent con artist who has exploited people in his own community and used their hard-earned money to fund his lifestyle,” said Detective Anita Sharma, a financial investigator with the Met Police’s Central Specialist Crime Unit.
“We are grateful to the victims who have been brave enough to come forward in this case, but there may be other people who have been scammed by Juttla and have not spoken to the police. I urge anyone who suspects they are a victim of Juttla to come forward and report it by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or by contacting them online,” she said.
The financial investigators on the Met’s Economic Crime team believe there are other victims who have been conned by the ruse and have yet to come forward.
Mr Juttla claimed to be a mortgage adviser and offered to help victims purchase property. He met his clients – who were mostly of Indian origin and some spoke little to no English – at various London locations, including Southall and Hayes in west London. Some victims were the target of open house viewings.
The Met Police investigation found that Juttla often promised victims to fill out their mortgage applications, arrange a survey for them and put them in touch with a lawyer who would help them purchase a home. Once the victims paid the compensation requested by Mr. Juttla, he would ask for more money to cover other services he had fabricated. None of these services were performed and all arrangements failed to surface for the property purchasers.
Occasionally, victims would contact him to ask what was going on, but Mr. Juttla made excuses to put the victims at ease. In some cases, Mr Juttla did give victims a refund via bank transfer, but it was never the full amount of the payments he had originally received, police said.
Mr Juttla came to the attention of police in January 2021 after Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud hotline, received a crime report from one of his victims. The Met Police said Juttla was charged in July last year after a thorough investigation.
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