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Third delay for sentencing of Croydon fraudster Neelam Desai

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THE sentencing of fraudster Neelam Desai has been delayed for a THIRD time. Desai, 33, of Beulah Grove, Selhurst, was due to appear at Croydon Crown Court tomorrow (Friday) to be sentenced for a series of frauds. But, for the third time in two months, the hearing has been moved. It is understood, as on the previous two occasions, the court received an eleventh hour application from Desai's defence team to reschedule the proceedings. As with the other adjournments, the court office was unable to confirm the reason for the delay. Desai's solicitor Glenn Fell, of Brooke Lavington Law, told the Advertiser today (Thursday) he was "not prepared" to discuss the adjournments. Desai was originally due to be sentenced on March 28 but the hearing was moved to April 25. That appearance was then adjourned until May 16 after an application, considered in camera, to Judge Stephen Waller. The case has now been moved to Monday (May 19) at Croydon Crown Court. On March 3, Desai pleaded guilty to writing two fraudulent cheques, handling a stolen chequebook, running an international travel business while bankrupt and three counts of trying to fraudulently sell iPhones she did not have. An investigation by the Advertiser has since linked her to a dating website scam where men were tricked out of tens of thousands of pounds. As a result of this investigation, Desai was arrested and later bailed on April 16 under suspicion of ten counts of fraud by false representation.

Third delay for sentencing of Croydon fraudster Neelam Desai


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