A FRAUDSTER who is thought to have amassed in excess of £200,000 has been told he faces a long prison sentence.
At the end of a complex three-week trial, Shazad Hussain’s wife broke down in tears as a jury at Bradford Crown Court returned a series of guilty verdicts against him.
The 34-year-old, of Taylor Hill Road, Taylor Hill, claimed on mortgage applications to be a “project manager” earning about £50,000 a year, but his criminal activities unravelled after police carried out a drugs search at his family home in August 2009.
The court heard at the start of the couple’s trial that during the search police seized various items, including £1,264 worth of cocaine, a large quantity of self-sealing bags in a holdall, a hydraulic press in the cellar and just over £24,000 in cash.
But when police investigated their financial affairs it emerged that Hussain had given false details on mortgage applications and had even “manufactured” a letter from a supposed employer.
Yesterday the jury found Hussain guilty on a total of 20 charges involving possession of cocaine with intent to supply, obtaining money transfers by deception, using a false instrument, fraud and acquiring criminal property.
His wife Vicki Chaukria, 27, was cleared on all the charges she faced except for one allegation of fraud relating to the re-mortgage of their home in October 2008.
Hussain was remanded in custody by Judge Jonathan Rose and told to expect a significant prison sentence when the case is back before him in three or four weeks time.