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Faisal Butt
Faisal Butt

Man wanted for defrauding over one hundred bank accounts

Faisal Butt, 39 (18/11/1976), of Lahore, Pakistan is wanted by The Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) for conspiracy to defraud after compromising over one hundred customer bank accounts, which resulted in the customers having hundreds of thousands of pounds being taken from their bank accounts. Multiple banks were targeted by Butt and his criminal colleagues.

Butt, along with a ‘bank insider’ and a number of others in his criminal gang, were able to pass themselves off as genuine account holders and open joint bank accounts linked to existing customer’s main accounts.

By opening these accounts they were able to obtain credit and debit cards and transfer the customer’s funds into their own accounts or reset the customer’s security details. An ongoing financial investigation is taking place to try and find where the money has been sent to.

Butt was charged with conspiracy to defraud on 31 March 2015 and appeared at the Old Bailey on 19 October 2015. However, he failed to return to court on 29 April of this year and was sentenced in his absence.

Butt is thought to have gone back to Pakistan but subsequently left the country and his whereabouts are now unknown. UK Border Agency checks have been carried out to try and trace him.

If you have information relating to the whereabouts of Butt please contact the DCPCU on 0207 709 6600.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The ​Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit (DCPCU) is a special police unit comprising police officers drawn from the City of London and Metropolitan Police forces. The unit is fully sponsored by the banking industry, and supported by bank investigators and case support staff who have an ongoing brief to help stamp out organised card and cheque fraud across the UK.

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