Syndicate leader scammed by Gravesend shopkeeper Imran Pervais struggles with trust
PUBLISHED: 11:35 08 May 2013 | UPDATED: 12:52 08 May 2013
The leader of a syndicate that Gravesend shopkeeper Imran Pervais tried to scam out of almost £80,000 says he struggles to trust people since the incident.
Callum Crosier, 25, was part of a syndicate of 28 from Morrisons Utility Services in Chatham who were told by Pervais, 26, that they had won £10 on two separate tickets as opposed to the £79.887 they had actually won.
Mr Crosier said he had not checked the ticket on the day he took them into the shop, May 18 last year, because he was rushing to head to Munich for Chelsea’s Champions League final the following day.
When he returned he checked the ticket the following Monday and saw that five numbers on one of the lines matched.
He went to the shop and was told to come back later while they looked for the ticket but upon returning to work he found the bonus number also matched - meaning they should have won almost £80,000 instead of £1,000 as he originally thought.
Mr Crosier said: “At first I didn’t think it was dishonest, I just thought it was a honest mistake.
“I was a little surprised when he let me come and look behind the counter and even when I found the scrunched up ticket I didn’t think anything of it until I called Camelot and they said they still needed to investigate because it’s suspicious.
“In the end we got £2,800 each. It’s not a life changing sum of money but there were people in the syndicate with different circumstances. There was a single mother with two children and he tried to scam her out of money which made a big difference to her.”
It took a jury just two and a half hours to find Pervais guilty at Maidstone Crown Court in March and he was sentenced yesterday.
He was working at Moores Convenience Store in Mackenzie Way and Camelot launched an investigation which saw Pervais arrested on suspicion of fraud on June 15 last year.
Mr Crosier does not think the sentence is much of a deterrent.
He said: “I’m not sure if the sentence is strong enough. It’s good he’s been punished and found guilty but it’s just a slap on the wrist really.
“He knew I was going to Munich and what the circumstances were. I went in there every week and he’s taken advantage of that, now I’ve become very sceptical. He knew my kids.”