East London fraudster to be convicted after cheating on hotel staff

A fraudster is to be convicted after tricking hotel staff into handing over property – believed to be worth more than £80,000 – belonging to guests.

Anisha Anwar, of Harrow Road, E11, called a hotel in Hackney several times and claimed to be one of the guests, Wood Green Crown Court heard.

The 35-year-old claimed he had a family crisis and needed to leave urgently.

The court heard she was so persuasive that staff agreed to pack their belongings, including a number of luxury brand items.

Anwar arranged for an authorized mini-taxi to pick up the bags and take them to the Maryland station where an associate was waiting for them.

The guests returned to their rooms and reported the theft the next morning.

Detectives launched an investigation and were able to track the taxi’s movements and identify the driver.

He told officers where he left the bags and gave a description of a man waiting for him.

Phone records provided officers with the cell phone number that had been used to make the calls. Using advanced forensic methods, officers linked the phone to Anwar, a known fraudster.

She was arrested and later charged on Thursday, November 11.

Anwar pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation on December 15, 2021 at Wood Green Crown Court.

She will be sentenced on Thursday, January 13, 2022.

Detective Sergeant Ian Cleghorn, BCU Central East, said: ‘Anisha Anwar has a history of fraud, and this latest offense was truly audacious.

“She managed to trick staff into handing them property – estimated at over £80,000 – which did not belong to her. However, her inflated confidence proved to be her downfall, as the cell phone she used to commit her crime was found where she lived.

“I would like to commend the work of my team throughout this investigation. Efforts to trace the cabin and track the mobile show that we will use every method and technology available to us. »

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