Four men plead guilty to £300,000 mobile phone scam

Four men have admitted their part in a £300,000 mobile phone insurance scam.

Christopher Surman, 47, Wayne Ghosh, 43, Andrew Patterson, 32, all from Swansea, and Omar Mapara, 33 from Yate, South Gloucestershire, pleaded guilty at Swansea Crown Court on Thursday.

They conspired to defraud mobile phone customers by calling them and selling false insurance policies.

The men will be sentenced at the end of a trial of five other defendants.

Surman, Ghosh, Patterson and Mapara committed the fraud between 27 August 2008 and 20 April 2010.

On Thursday, a jury was sworn in for the trial of five others accused of committing the same offence between 3 November 2003 and 21 April 2010.

The four men and one woman will go on trial next week.

More on This Story

BBC South West Wales

Weather

Swansea

16 °C 9 °C

Features

  • OrangemanPunctured pride?

    How would N Ireland's Orangemen feel if Scotland left the union?


  • MarchionessThames tragedy

    Survivors and victims' families remember Marchioness disaster


  • Sheep on Achill IslandMass exodus

    Why hundreds of thousands of people have left Ireland


  • A teenaged mother in the Zaatari campUntold misery

    The plight of Syria's refugee child brides


  • Michael MosleyMeat feast?

    Which is the best eco option - eating beef, chicken or mussels?


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.