A conman caged for an elaborate plot to swindle a family man out of his life savings has failed in his Appeal Court bid to clear his name.
Mohammed Mahboob, 36, was convicted of fraud and inflicting grievous bodily harm by a Bradford Crown Court jury in December last year, receiving a three-year sentence.
Mahboob, of Harvest Court, St Johns, Halifax, played a part in a complex plot to fleece huge sums from 62-year-old Gul Nawaz, who was desperate for legal help in relation to his daughter’s divorce.
Mahboob pretended to be a go-between for a thriving Yorkshire law firm, persuading Mr Nawaz to shell out thousands.
Mr Nawaz said he had handed over £200,000 in two years.
In October 2009 after a brief meeting between the two men Mr Nawaz was attacked by two masked men with knives, said the judge.
Mr Nawaz was stripped to his underpants and left trussed up by a goalpost.
Mahboob’s case reached the Appeal Court as he challenged the safety of his conviction. His QC, Simon Myerson, argued that his lawyers should have been allowed to gather more evidence to support his claims that cash in his account did not come from Mr Nawaz.
But Lady Justice Hallett, sitting with Mr Justice Mitting and Mr Justice Phillips, said “Nothing has been put forward which causes us to doubt the safety of the conviction.”