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Fraudster to pay back cash he stole from Yopa and Lottery

Haroon Cassim is to pay back £500,000 of the £1.5m he stole from both the hybrid agency and The National Lottery as an employee.

Nigel Lewis

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A former employee of Yopa who stole £505,000 from online estate agency while working on the refurbishment of its call centres in Hinkley and Watford has been told to repay a significant portion of the cash at a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing at Leicester Crown Court.

Haroon Cassim (pictured) stole the cash from Yopa along with £960,000 he stole from another employer, Camelot, actions which were both planned and a ‘gross beach of trust’, the court heard.

In June last year the 37-year-old was jailed for six-and-a-half years and banned from holding a company directorship for six years for the frauds.

But he has now been told to pay back £418,922 from available assets within three months, although this only represents a third of the £1.5 million he stole.

The cash was spent on a deposit for a Ferrari sports car, £100,000 sent to family in South Africa and further funds spent on executive boxes at both Leicester and Manchester United football clubs.


But £800,000 was lost to gambling which, at the original trial in June, his defence claimed he used to escape from his difficult past life.

Much of the cash was laundered through the bank account of his wife Sofina Sarwar, from whom he is now separated.

She claimed not to have benefited from any of the stolen cash, but has been told to return £99,774 that is already frozen within her bank account.

These funds, along with the money being confiscated from Cassim, will be paid back to The National Lottery and Yopa.

Read more about the Proceeds of Crime Act. 

March 29, 2021

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