Man spared jail over role in scam which left business owner thousands of pounds out of pocket

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A Gwynedd man has been spared jail for his role in a scam which cost a small business more than £11,000. Azharul Alom, 21, of Maes Brith, Dolgellau was handed a suspended sentence at Caernarfon Crown Court today (April 12).

The court heard Alom was 18-years-old when his bank account was used to defraud a small business of thousands of pounds in June 19, 2019. Alom appeared for sentencing charged with acquiring, using, or possessing criminal property, for his role in conning a scaffolding company out of £11,218.

Jade Tufail, prosecuting, said the victim, a small business owner, had been led to believe he was paying a supplier for scaffold materials, but later discovered it was a scam. Outlining the impact on the victim, she said: “He indicates that his business is small, he’s the only full time employee, and as a result the money that was lost was a large amount for him.”

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