EDL leader jailed for mortgage fraud

Ryan Fowler

January 24, 2014

The Guardian has reported that Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, had previously admitted two counts of the offence at a hearing in November.

Comment on the sentencing on Twitter Robinson said: “This is a complete stitch-up.

“See u all in 18 months.”

Robinson was accused of conspiring with others to obtain a mortgage by misrepresentation from the Abbey and Halifax.

Judge Andrew Bright QC described Robinson as the “instigator, if not the architect” of some of the frauds.

Passing sentence, the judge told said: “This was an operation which was fraudulent from the outset and involved a significant amount of forward planning.”

Bright described Robinson as the frauds “fixer” and said he had introduced others to fraudulent mortgage broker Deborah Rothschild.

Alongside Robinson in the dock was Steven Vowles who admitted conspiring with others to obtain a mortgage by misrepresentation and transferring criminal property.

Lisa Moore also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obtain a mortgage by fraudulent misrepresentation.

And broker Rothschild pleaded guilty to four charges of conspiring to commit fraud by false representation. The charges involved the obtaining of four mortgages.

Finally, Anjee Darcy pleaded guilty to two offences of conspiring to commit fraud by misrepresentation and false accounting.

Judge Andrew Bright QC was told how Robinson had made loans totalling £40,000 to Vowles and later Moore to help them with the deposits for a property in Luton.

But he also introduced them to crooked broker Rothschild who specialised in helping people obtain a mortgage who wouldn’t normally be eligible because of insufficient income and capital.

Rothschild assisted Moore, Vowles and Darcy in their fraudulent applications by providing fake pay slips and income details.

The fraudulent mortgages she obtained came to a total of £640,000.

She was jailed for 18 months, Vowles was jailed for 27 months and Darcy was given a 15 month sentence suspended for 18 months and told she must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

Moore was given a six month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and told she must carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £1500.


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