South West Wales

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.