A man who used the Muslim dating website SingleMuslims.com to find two vulnerable woman and con them out of a quarter of a million pounds by promising them marriage has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years.
Tahmoor Khan, 32, a gambling addict from West Bowling, Bradford, was slammed by the judge for his ‘sheer wickedness’.
He had told one of his victims that he met through the dating website that he was a multi-millionaire and owned a car hire company.
Prosecutor Simon Waley told the court that the woman was told by Khan that his intentions were to find a wife which led her to believe they would get married.
As their relationship started to progress he started to tell her lies about having cash flow problems with his business and started to ask her for money with the promise of paying it back.
He persuaded her to give him a £4,000 to use on a deposit to lease a Land Rover but when the hire purchase company threatened to repossess the vehicle, Khan persuaded her to buy the vehicle for £50,000 promising her that he would sell the vehicle and pay her back.
He never paid the money back to her leaving her £116,000 out-of-pocket.
She said in a victim statement read out in court that she was so terrified that this might become public knowledge and it would be seen as extremely shameful for her family because of her Pakistani background that she contemplated suicide.
She said she would sit at the tube station for thinking over and over again about jumping in front of a train.
He targeted the second victim through the same dating website, again claiming to own a number of hire car companies and saying he had “a few million in his bank accounts.”
After the relationship started to progress he told her that his assets were frozen and needed money, he told her ”you’re my future wife and I love you. I’m going to pay you back.”
She agreed and started to transfer money to his account after he promised to pay her back.
A few months later he asked her for more money to secure a business deal and she transferred a further £20,500.
He then told her that he wanted to set a wedding date so they can be together and again persuaded her to give him £50,000 from the equity on her property.
She also never saw the money again and was left £125,000 out-of-pocket and eventually reported it to police after he stopped contacting her.
She also tried to commit suicide on two different occasions and said she was depressed and ashamed, eventually having to relocate from her home in Manchester to another part of the country.
Khan was arrested and admitted owing the money but denied committing fraud. He later pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud by false representation.
Judge Neil Davey QC said Khan had extracted £241,000 from trusting and vulnerable women who would have been less likely to complain or seek help because of their cultural background and the fear of bringing shame on themselves and their families.
He added: “In order to improve the quality of your own life, you have ruined theirs. You did so entirely cynically, entirely without shame and entirely without mercy.”
“You took advantage of their professional and social vulnerability.
Khan was jailed for eight-and-a-half-years.