Sheffield Crown Court Judge Paul Watson QC today sentenced a former Scunthorpe mayor to three and a half years for fraud and theft, labelling him a “a liar and a cheat.”
“You have been convicted of dishonesty on a grand scale,” Judge Watson addressed 72-year old Jawaid Ishaq when handing him his sentence.
Ishaq, former Scunthorpe mayor, is well-known for helping to organise the Queen’s first visit to a mosque in Britain.
Jawaid Ishaq, former Scunthorpe mayor, sentenced to three and a half years in jail for fraud and theft.
Earlier this week, Ishaq was convicted of multiple offences that included fraud and theft. He is said to have committed the offences in the manner he dealt with the financial affairs of a friend, Ali Sultan, who had returned to Yemen from whom he stole tens of thousands of pounds.
“You stole tens of thousands of pounds from your one-time friend, Ali Sultan. You produced and procured documents to enable you to commit fraud, you lied to the court in the course of proceedings which were brought against you and you sought to dupe the bank and the insurance company by pretending to be Mr Sultan,” the judge said, and added, “Throughout your trial you maintained the position that he (Mr Sultan) was being cheated and stolen from by his own family. It was you all along who was the liar and the cheat.”
He judge acknowledged the fact that Ishaq had “given much of your life to public service” and that he had “been highly instrumental in promoting community and race relations in the Scunthorpe area.”
“The testimonials which were read in your trial spoke unanimously highly of the esteem in which you were held in your community,” said Judge Watson.
The jury had earlier heard how Ishaq devoted 30 years of his life to public service as Labour councillor in Scunthorpe. According to court testimony, he had also served as the deputy chair for Humberside Police Authority. Ishaq was awarded an MBE for his service.
The trial, which took six weeks, saw the conviction of Ishaq of nine offences that included three counts of fraud, three of theft and one of perverting the course of justice. The jury heard that his victim, Mr Sultan, had various affairs in Scunthorpe that needed looking after when he returned to Yemen. This included two properties in the town for which Ishaq granted himself the power of attorney and siphoned cash to himself.
Mr Sultan, the court heard, has since died.
“I have no doubt at all that you were treating Sultan’s properties as your own portfolio and that whatever was spent on the properties was not spent so as to enhance the pension of Sultan but to provide an income for you,” said Judge Watson.