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Illegal Money Lending Team Identify, Investigate, Prosecute Identify, Investigate, Prosecute Preventative Education – targeting “at risk” areas Preventative.

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1 Illegal Money Lending Team Identify, Investigate, Prosecute Identify, Investigate, Prosecute Preventative Education – targeting “at risk” areas Preventative Education – targeting “at risk” areas Financial Inclusion and emotional support for victims Financial Inclusion and emotional support for victims Working to help communities move on Working to help communities move on Spending criminal’s money to help people not use Loan Sharks in future Spending criminal’s money to help people not use Loan Sharks in future

2 Abbey Hulton Play – Affinity Sutton

3 “At risk” areas of Stoke Childless tenants in social housing flats with modest social needs – Bentilee and Ubberley, Tunstall, Blurton West and Newstead, Burslem Central, Meir North Older tenants on low rise social housing estates where jobs are scarce – Blurton West and Newstead, Bentilee and Ubberley, Abbey Hulton and Townsend, Meir North, Ford Green and Smallthorne Vulnerable young parents needing substantial state support – Meir South, Abbey Hulton and Townsend, Meir North, Bentilee and Ubberley, Bradley and Chell Heath Newcastle – Chesterton, Cross Heath, Knutton and Silverdale, Holditch

4 How we generate intelligence….. Training Training Weeks/months of action Weeks/months of action Income and Expenditure forms Income and Expenditure forms Publicity Publicity Press Press Advocates Advocates Community awareness – play Community awareness – play Through partners Through partners Hotline Hotline

5 Work done elsewhere……. School assemblies School assemblies Balloons and beer mats Balloons and beer mats Credit Union promotion Credit Union promotion Football clubs Football clubs Use of drama Use of drama Poster competition Poster competition Door knocking/targeted leafleting Door knocking/targeted leafleting Mural/wall art Mural/wall art Ice cream vans! Ice cream vans! Magnetic strips on vehicles Magnetic strips on vehicles

6 GC – Stoke on Trent 4.5 year prison sentence following an 8 day trial Charges: Running an unlicensed business, money laundering, 3 x blackmail, 2 x perverting the course of justice Lending to 88 people over an 18 month period Lending to 88 people over an 18 month period Making £3,000 per week his business was estimated at £360,000 Making £3,000 per week his business was estimated at £360,000 Charged £50 interest on £100 loans then increased this once payments started – told one client I’ll tell you when to stop paying Charged £50 interest on £100 loans then increased this once payments started – told one client I’ll tell you when to stop paying well known cage fighter he told victims rearrange their face”, “break their legs” and “chuck acid into their face so no-one would recognise them again”. well known cage fighter he told victims rearrange their face”, “break their legs” and “chuck acid into their face so no-one would recognise them again”. Caruso told a female victim she should work as an escort to pay of the debts, telling her he could drive her a long way from Stoke to do so. Caruso told a female victim she should work as an escort to pay of the debts, telling her he could drive her a long way from Stoke to do so. Judge Trevor said Caruso “Made money lending to vulnerable people on low incomes, aided by the absence of any records and charging very high levels of interest. He used ugly threats of violence and whilst they were never executed, his reputation and involvement with boxing and cage fighting meant the threats were taken very seriously.”

7 Follow up work Training sessions June/July Training sessions June/July Community Event Board – event in Fenton Community Event Board – event in Fenton Credit Union Incentive Credit Union Incentive WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO AS A FOLLOW UP TO THIS CASE? WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO AS A FOLLOW UP TO THIS CASE? WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO TO GENERATE INTELLIGENCE IN STOKE AND NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE? WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO TO GENERATE INTELLIGENCE IN STOKE AND NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE?


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