"Amjed and his son took this opportunity to single out recipients."
A father and son from Luton were convicted on Friday, February 8, 2019, at Luton Crown Court, for attempting to blackmail two families for large sums of cash.
Amjed Khan, aged 39, of Parys Road, was jailed for nine years.
His son, Sufian Khan, aged 18, of the same address, received a two-year jail sentence, suspended for 12 months.
The court heard that Khan and his son made numerous threats to the families. They even commissioned aggravated burglaries of their homes. This was so they could extort the funds they demanded.
The offences took place over a number of months starting in December 2016. This came to an end with the break-ins at each family’s property on March 7, 2017.
Both families were from and lived in Luton and were subjected to intimidation and violence.
Detective Constable Tracey Joyce, who led the investigation, said:
“This was a complex and challenging case which uncovered numerous attempts by the Khans to threaten, intimidate and use force to obtain huge sums of cash from the innocent victims.
“Amjed and his son took this opportunity to single out recipients of this misguided generosity and held them personally responsible for the loss of his money.”
It was revealed that people had been employed by the Khans to carry out the burglaries in order to obtain the cash.
During the burglaries, weapons including a taser and a noxious spray were carried by the burglars.
Detectives proved that they were hired to collect the cash on behalf of the Khans.
Amjed Khan was found guilty of two counts of blackmail and two counts of conspiracy to blackmail. His son was convicted of the same charges.
Khan was jailed for nine years. Sufian Khan was spared jail as he was under 18 at the time of the offences. He was given a two-year jail sentence, suspended for 12 months.
Sufian was also given a nine-month curfew and 300 hours of community service.
DC Joyce thanked the victims for coming forward and speaking to the police. She said:
“The families were repeatedly approached and antagonised by the Khans and their cronies, who were employed to carry out threats on their behalf.
“The victims’ lives were made a living hell during this long period of intimidation and violence, and they were incredibly brave in coming forward.
“I would like to thank them, for their courage has helped to secure this conviction and ensure Amjed Khan is now behind bars.”