Fraudster who targeted £1m lottery winner lied about name to get new job

A conman who stole from a disabled lottery winner was caught out after he landed a new job with a fake name.

Luke Khan, formally known as Lee, was part of a gang which placed £41,000 in bets out of a vulnerable woman’s bank account.

Following his prison release for the offence, the crook has been found guilty of fraud after lying about his criminal past to get work with the Royal Navy.

The 34-year-old's cover was blown by a suspicious colleague who heard him being called a different name to the one he gave before finding a newspaper report of his conviction.

On Thursday, Khan appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court to face a new charge of fraud by false representation, TeessideLive reports.

Rachael Dodsworth, prosecuting, told the court how he had applied for a job at HMNB Devonport, through Morson International.

She said that an employee recognised him as being somebody who previously worked at the naval base in 2015, but under the name Lee Khan.

Ms Dodsworth said that didn't cause them any concern at the time and Khan went on to hand in a form for security and background checks, which was not fully completed.

She said: "In a telephone call, Luke Khan confirmed he did not have any previous convictions."

The court in Middlesbrough heard how Khan was taken on as a slinger at the base in Plymouth.

However a staff member became suspicious of him after hearing him and another person calling each other by different names.

Ms Dodsworth said: "When challenged about why they used other names, they said that's so they could use dating websites without being identified."

She said the worker searched on Google and found a newspaper article relating to his previous conviction he had from April 2018, when he was sent to custody for 36 months for conspiracy of theft.

The court heard how, following that investigation, police attended the naval base and asked him about his application and his aliases.

Ms Dodsworth said: "He was asked if he had been to prison before and he said 'yes for conspiracy charges'."

Khan, of Leven Street, Newport, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation.

He made the false representation, failing to disclose his previous convictions to Morson International, between March 1 and April 28 last year.

Tom Bennett, defending, told the court that Khan was looking for employment at the time.

He said that he was trying to avoid being stuck on Universal Credit and committing more offences.

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Mr Bennett said that Khan's decision of how he went about that was "wrong".

He said: "He did not fully appreciate the seriousness of what he was saying,

"He was focusing on trying to get back up on his feet."

Mr Bennett added that he was somebody who had worked well with the probation service.

Chair of the Bench Dr Barry Wilson told Khan that he must declare any previous convictions when applying for a job, even if it impacts his chances of getting the role.

He said: "You have been very stupid and very naïve to do what you did in this particular case but I don't think it would merit a custodial sentence."

Mr Wilson sentenced Khan to a 12 months community order with 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days and 60 hours of unpaid work.

He also ordered him to pay a £96 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

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