'Businessman betrayed trust of his community'
A businessman has been given a suspended jail sentence after being convicted of fraud and forgery.
Faizal Aziz Ayub Osman was sentenced to five months' imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, at Leicester Crown Court.
It followed a long-running investigation by Leicester City Council.
In addition, he was given a 12-month community order with a requirement to complete 120 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £3,000 in compensation to a victim and a £3,000 costs.
The businessman pleaded guilty to two offences of using false instruments – namely forged letters – contrary to the Forgery & Counterfeiting Act 1981 and one offence of fraud by false representation – namely falsely claiming that he held qualifications and/or professional memberships, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006. The offences dated back as far as 2008.
The prosecution was brought by Leicester City Council trading standards service, after complaints were received from consumers and social businesses about the activities of Osman, of Coplow Avenue, Evington, Leicester.
Osman's companies, Thirteen Investments & Developments Limited and Thirteen Investments Limited, were involved in carrying out planning and building regulation applications, plans and drawings, project management and building works.
Musharrof Ali, trading standards officer in charge of the investigation, said: "Mr Osman betrayed the trust of his community and caused a financial detriment to others for his own financial gain.
"He deceived people over a number of years and we are pleased that our investigation led to a successful prosecution."