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The Birmingham Timeshare bandits are sentenced a total of 32 years for targeting elderly in a £1m scam

Callous crooks had “Cold-Called” victims before swindling them out of cash

Emma (The Thief) Jelf


The 32 years of prison penance, was handed out by the Birmingham court and the band of criminals are now behind bars at the taxpayer’s expense.

The ‘ruthless’ two-year con artists were “cold callers” who left one timeshare consumer suicidal

The CROOK included Emma Jelf a 44-year-old living at Shenston Avenue, Stourbridge

Another criminal is Luke Jiminez aged 25, of Atlantic Road, Kingstanding,


Both received a sentence to eight years for conspiracy to defraud.

Crown Prosecutor Peter Grieves-Smith explained to the Birmingham court that many of the innocent victims were in their 70s and 80s,

Judge Roderick Henderson said:-

“the scam was fraudulent from the beginning and started off with the victims being cold-called”.

He added: “The majority of advance fee frauds exploit the greed of the victims but in this case, the victims already owned their timeshares and simply wanted to sell them on at a reasonable price.

“It involved the skilful and deliberate manipulation of vulnerable people. It is difficult to understate the cynicism and ruthlessness of this operation.”


Amarjit Bagharian aged 29, and Shivjit Bagharian aged 30, both of St Albans Road, Smethwick. Each was sentenced to seven years and two months jail after admitting conspiracy to defraud;

Mandy Castellain, 46, from Oldham, jailed for six years and seven months after admitting conspiracy to defraud;

Todd Mann, 27, of Shenston Avenue, Stourbridge, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud and was jailed for five years and four months;


Richard Buxton aged 60, of Holm View, Shenstone was given a sentenced to five years and two months after previously admitting conspiracy to defraud;

Neil Poole, 26, of Sandy Lane, Wednesbury, jailed for 17 months, suspended for 21 months, and ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work after admitting money laundering;

David Baylie, 28, of Chatterton Walk, Kidderminster, jailed for 12 months, suspended for 18 months, after pleading guilty to money laundering;

Toby Mann, 23, of Shenston Avenue, Stourbridge, jailed for eight months, suspended for 18 months, after admitting money laundering. Also ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.


Posted on: 16th February 2016