Thief Ilyiea Ali must pay back 662 grand after romance fraud

A Birmingham woman must pay back over £650,000 after she stole cash from her boss.

Ilyiea Ali, who hails from Birmingham, in the West Midlands, was jailed in 2018 for two-and-a-half years.

She coughed up to stealing from her employer Information Security Forum Ltd (ISF).

The 45-year-old has been ordered to pay all the money back – plus extra – after siphoning away £610,144 from Information Security Forum Ltd (ISF) in 2015.

She gave half the money to a romance fraudster from Bradford, Tahmoor Khan, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years in 2016.

On Thursday (October 8) this week, a compensation order to the value of £662,727 was made at Bradford Crown Court against Ali.

Ramona Senior, head of West Yorkshire Police ‘s economic crime unit, said: “This is a serious reminder that we will seek to recover any proceeds that individuals make from crime, and work hard to ensure that victims, whether they be individuals or organisations, are compensated.

“The debt will remain with Ali until it is repaid.”

Ramona added: “Our statistics show that romance fraud can happen to anyone – with victims of all ages, sexes and professions targeted by the sophisticated criminals.

“By knowing how to spot potential signs people can reduce their chances of being a victim and that is why we, as a force, are showing our support for this campaign.”

Romance fraud in the UK runs at an astonishing 66 million a year.

 


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