CONWOMAN Neelam Desai is due in court this morning to be sentenced for a series of frauds. Desai, 33, of Beulah Grove, Selhurst, is listed to appear at Croydon Crown Court in front of Judge Stephen Waller after 9.45am today (Monday). Her sentencing has been adjourned three times since she pleaded guilty to seven offences on March 3. Most recently she was due to learn her fate on Friday but the case was moved after an eleventh hour application by her defence team. Desai has 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. Seven other counts of fraud, six relating to cheques and one to an iPhone, are to remain on file. Desai will face a confiscation order after she is sentenced. A date for that hearing has yet to be confirmed. An investigation by the Advertiser has linked the former travel agent 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.
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