Sentencing delayed for 'audacious' fraudster who conned Hackney hotel staff

Sentencing of fraudster who conned Hackney hotel staff adjourned until February

The sentencing of convicted fraudster Anisha Anwar has been adjourned until next month - Credit: Met Police

The sentencing of an "audacious" fraudster who conned staff at a Hackney hotel has been adjourned until next month.

Anisha Anwar, of Harrow Road in Leytonstone, was convicted last month after admitting to duping hotel staff into handing over £80,000 of property belonging to guests.

The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation on December 15 at Wood Green Crown Court.

Sentencing - originally scheduled for today (January 13) - has been adjourned until February 22 at the same court.

To commit her crimes Anwar called the hotel several times on October 8 pretending to be one of the guests.

She claimed she was experiencing a family crisis and needed to urgently leave, conning hotel staff into packing belongings owned by guests. 

Anwar then arranged for a licensed mini-cab to take her and the bags to Maryland Railway Station, where an associate was waiting.

The 35-year-old - described as an "audacious" fraudster by detectives - was tracked down after forensic methods were used to link her to the mobile phone used to make the calls.

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She was arrested and charged on November 11; her partner in crime is still on the run.

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