The conwoman led a stylish and extravagant lifestyle of posh clubbing and shopping is reported to have left the country
Leah Farley “the glamorous conwoman” had done extensive research and planning into her scams so she could afford the posh lifestyle and extensive holidays
She lived the posh lifestyle by scamming ordinary people in an online property rental fraud.
She was due to appear in court on Tuesday for sentencing at Birmingham crown court but failed to show up which resulted in her arrest warrant being issued by police.
Officers from the West Midlands Police’s Economic Crime Unit found out that Leah Farley was the gang leader who were involved in a numberof scams of rental properties and fake sales of electronic goods.
All money she made by scaming were spent on branded clothes, night outs in posh clubs and holidays abroad.
Even though she was arrested in sept 2015 she did not plead guilty until January 2017.
She also revealed her two assistants Martie Verdie and Emran Meah.
Farley said that her assistants would help her in making fake profiles on different property rental sites and then she would advertise fake properties for rent which never existed.
She would sometimes use her friends and relatives bank accounts for the scam money to be paid into, telling her friends that the money was to help her with child benefits.
The trio were charged last November for conspiring to commit fraud by false representation.
Martie Verdie of Smethwick, the first assistant was sentenced for four years and one month.
Emran Meah 22 the second assistant was fined £3000 and ordered to do 240 hours of unpaid work.
In sentencing Verdie and Meah, Judge Nicholls said: “Each of you became under the spell of Leah Farley who is a sophisticated fraudster. She exploited the desperation of people in renting properties and exploiting their trust and naivety.”
Investigating officer DC Richard Potts said: “Farley spent years orchestrating and improving her scams.”
“The money went on nights out, clothes and holidays abroad which, without victims playing into her hands, she could not have obtained through receiving the benefits she was on alone.”
“I would encourage anyone wishing to rent properties or similarly making purchases online not to pay into unknown bank accounts without having verified who they are speaking to and are genuinely confident that the product they are purchasing is available.”
“The passport was used as identification to customers and tenants on the websites Farley used to advertise goods and properties.”
“She would ask for payment for non-existent goods such as mobile phones, claiming her goods were cheap because her husband was a police officer and acquired them through police auctions.”
“Needless to say, once payment was made, the goods never arrived.”
“Similarly deposits were requested for rental properties and once paid, communication ceased.”
“On occasions the victims had given up their existing property and were in a position to move into their new home, which was never available to rent, leaving them homeless.”
Police have appealed to the public for help to arrest Leah Farley
People who may have any information on her whereabouts should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.