"Khan’s victims were vulnerable."
Online dater Tahmoor Khan has been jailed for eight and a half years after slyly conning two women. The 32-year-old’s actions were described as ‘sheer wickedness’ by the judge at Bradford Crown Court.
Khan had stacked up a huge sum of £80,000 of gambling debts. To try and cough up the money for the hefty amount he owed, he posed as a wealthy businessman on the online dating website ‘singlemuslims.com’, to lure in women.
One of the women was told that he [Khan] was the owner of a car hire business and had a £2 million fortune. He managed to fool her by picking her up in a Bentley, pretending it was his own car, when she decided to come and meet him in Bradford.
He had managed to convince the victim that they were going to get married, which then pushed her to lend him money for his ‘business’. The other woman was also conned in a similar way.
Prosecutor Simon Waley described how Khan told the women that his “assets” had been frozen by the authorities over money laundering allegations and said he would pay them back when he had access to the funds.
The women were called brave for coming forward as the court heard Khan’s actions had a huge impact on them and their lives. The outcome resulted in both victims being suicidal after being conned out of more than £100,000 each.
One of them had made two attempts on her life and stated how she was ashamed that as an intelligent woman, she allowed herself to be taken in by him.
The other woman recalled Khan telling her: ”You’re my future wife and I love you. I’m going to pay you back.”
Detective Constable Sarah Hamer, of Bradford CID, said: “Khan’s victims were vulnerable and very brave to come forward.
“We hope seeing today’s sentence and seeing this man put behind bars will bring them some comfort.”
Khan pleaded guilty for two accounts of fraud by false representation.
Judge Neil Davey QC said: “You took advantage of their professional and social vulnerability.
“In order to improve the quality of your own life, you have ruined theirs. You did so entirely cynically, entirely without shame and entirely without mercy.”
After taking nearly a quarter of a million pounds from two vulnerable women, Khan will now serve eight and a half years in prison.