First hearing in probe into phone ‘fraud’

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SEVEN suspects from South Yorkshire appeared at court yesterday over an alleged multi-million pound scam where mobile phone SIM cards were hacked into and used.

The suspects were charged in Sheffield last week as part of an investigation started by South Yorkshire Police in July 2010 after Vodafone customers allegedly had their accounts ‘hijacked’.

The seven South Yorkshire suspects, and an eighth from London, appeared at City of London Magistrates’ Court yesterday for the first hearing in connection with the case.

Kaleem Hussain, aged 28, of Maynard Road, Rotherham; Imran Rasab, 33, of Hooton Lane, Kilnhurst; Waseem Rashid, 28, of Old Clifton Lane, Rotherham, and Nadeem Ali, 24, of Clifton Lane, Rotherham, are all accused of conspiracy to defraud.

Sadakat Hussain, 27 and Raffia Kousar, 30, both of Maynard Road, Rotherham, and Cheri Brown, 22, of Birchwood Grove, Westfield, Sheffield, are all charged with offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Nikesh Ashok Patel, 45, of Elderwood Place, West Norwood, London, is also accused of conspiracy to defraud.