Conman flees UK after facing jail over £500k reg plate scam

Zahid Khan was the ringleader of a group – which included brothers Aamir Khan and Ayan Ahmed, plus cousin Zubair Ahmad – that stole the rights to high-value personalised plates. Just days before his trial was due to finish at Birmingham Crown Court in June the 31-year-old fled the country. He was found guilty in his absence and given a 10-year prison sentence.

A jury failed to reach a verdict on Aamir Khan, Ayan Ahmed and Zubair Ahmad – but yesterday they were all found unanimously guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud. And it can now be revealed that Zahid Khan, from Yardley Wood Road in Moseley, is a convicted people smuggler having been found guilty earlier this year of bringing illegal Afghan immigrants into the UK. Khan was stopped at Dover on November, 8, 2015, in a BMW being driven in convoy with a HGV – registered to his business – in which five Afghan nationals were found hiding amongst a load of tyres.

Aamir Khan was a front seat passenger in the HGV which had arrived on a P&O ferry in the early hours of the morning – and at Canterbury Crown Court in July both were handed 30-month prison sentences for conspiring to assist unlawful immigration. Investigating officer, Detective Constable Rob Piper from West Midlands Police’s Economic Unit, said: “I would urge Khan to take a long hard look at himself in the mirror and reflect on what he’s done. He’s run away and left his own family to take the punishment for a criminal enterprise he orchestrated…that kind of action must be hard to live with.

“We are working with the Home Office and Interpol to trace Khan and bring him to justice. But I would also urge Zahid Khan to do the honourable thing and surrender to police, instead of letting his loved ones do the time for his crimes.”

Advertising The Khans, Ahmed and Ahmad ran their scam by fraudulently obtaining DVLA paperwork that enabled them to transfer ownership of five high-value number plates – 2K, 8G, 9H, 9J and C1 – without the owners’ knowledge.

At Birmingham Crown Court Aamir Khan, 25, from Shutlock Lane in Moseley, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, perverting the course of justice, plus concealing and converting criminal property. He was jailed for a total of four-and-a-half years, plus an additional 30 months for the immigration offence. Ayan Ahmed, 39, from Mickleton Road, Solihull, and Zubair Ahmad, 32, from Springcroft Road, Tyseley, were also convicted for their part in the fraud conspiracy and jailed for three years and two years eight months respectively.

Associate Kaesar Ali, 28, from Clarence Road, Sparkhill, was also part of the plot. He is currently serving a 10-year four month jail term for causing death by dangerous driving and money laundering. An extra six months was added to his time behind bars.

Ahmed and Ahmad were also both found guilty of trying to pervert the course of justice by concocting bogus text message exchanges with a phantom car dealer.

Zahid Khan also admitted three counts of fraudulently obtaining car insurance and was convicted on a fourth count he had denied.

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