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SERIAL SHOPLIFTER: Woman convicted after defrauding Watford shops

 Published on: 20th March 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A woman who conned retailers, including shops in Watford, into refunding her for items she had stolen has been convicted of multiple counts of fraud and other offences.

Narinda Kaur, also known as Nina Tiara, 53, of Chosen Hill, Cleverton, was convicted on March 10 on 26 counts of fraud, possessing and transferring criminal property, and perverting the course of justice amongst others, following a four-month trial at Gloucester Crown Court.

Kaur had turned her shoplifting into a full-time occupation, stealing items from stores and dishonestly claiming refunds, sometimes multiple times for the same item. Between July 2015 and February 209, the prosecution was able to prove more than 1,000 incidents of stealing she had committed.

Kaur targeted shops including the Monsoon and John Lewis branches in Watford. Using multiple bank accounts and cards, she received £23,000 more in refunds than she paid to Monsoon stores, and more than £33,000 in refunds from John Lewis stores despite having only paid just over £5,000.

Giovanni D’Alessandro, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Narinder Kaur undertook fraud on a long-standing and wide-ranging manner. It was a very lucrative full-time job which demonstrably made her over half a million pounds over this period of offending.

“She went to extraordinary lengths to carry out her deceptions, seeking to find a way of defrauding a retailer and then travelling all over the country to replicate the fraud. She also changed her name legally and opened new bank accounts and credit cards in a second identity to avoid detection.

“She now righty faces a significant sentence for her crimes and the prosecution will look to recoup as many of her ill-gotten gains as the law allows.”

Kaur is set to be sentenced at a later date.

Photo Credit: Crown Prosecution Service

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