Man faked terminal cancer to scam church-going friend out of £500,000

Man faked cancer to steal over £500,000 to pay for gambling terminally ill” to trick him into paying hundreds of thousands of pounds to fund non-existent private treatment.

Saad, 33, produced fake cancer documents including MRI scans, reports and communications from consultants in what was called a “heinous” ruse. Abusing his status as a respected pharmacist, Saad defrauded a total of £534,005.

The scammer was eventually discovered and admitted he had a gambling problem and all the money was used to pay off his debts. Now the Nottingham-based pharmacist has been struck off the General Pharmaceutical Council [GPC] register following a court.

“It is hard to imagine a more heinous fraud than one based on faking a cancer diagnosis,” a GPC panel said. The court heard that Saad concocted a web of lies to the anonymous friend, whom he knew through his church and was only named “Person A”, from 2018 to 2019.

He tricked the man into sending him around £288,200 claiming he had bought a pharmacy in the US but it had been ‘seized by the US Government due to problems with his visa’ and that he needed money for mortgage problems. He later faked the cancer diagnosis, prompting him to send her a total of £127,150.

In a later period, Saad extracted £121,339 from a company Person A was involved in after inviting him to set up a ‘pharma warehouse’ and do business with him. But, his web of lies came crashing down when Person A inquired and revealed that the invoices were forged.

A court report said: “Following an investigation by Person A, Saad admitted that he had fabricated his stories…all in order to obtain funds to help with what Saad said. be his debts and gambling debts. Saad’s father contacted Person A and told him that the claims made by Saad about his business in America and the cancer diagnosis were false and reported that Saad had a problem game.”

Scratching Saad from the record, the GPC panel said: “His behavior in obtaining the advances under the three allegations was of the worst kind possible. The conduct was pre-planned, with some complexity, and was designed to completely deceive Person A and Company A

“He had used his position as a qualified pharmacist to raise funds from Person A and Company A… The committee felt that the funds had probably been paid to him because of his status as a pharmacist.”

Saad, pleading not to be disbarred, claimed he “was battling a gambling addiction which had effectively taken over his life, but has now received treatment and help for this addiction. and that he had recovered”. Last year, Saad was jailed for 21 months at Chester Crown Court, Cheshire, after admitting fraud by false representation.

Jerry B. Hatch