Home / World / United Kingdom / Airport parking scammer who earned £1,000,000 dumping cars in fields is jailed

Airport parking scammer who earned £1,000,000 dumping cars in fields is jailed

An airport car park conman who dumped people’s cars in muddy fields when they went on holiday has been jailed for 14 months.

Asad Malik, 38, used fake pictures of car parks hundreds of miles away to trick customers into thinking their vehicles were safe, as he stashed them in fields and on street corners.

Many returned from their holidays to find their cars covered in mud after using Malik’s company London Parking Gatwick.

MALIK ASHAD LEWES (AT BRIGHTON) CROWN COURT BARRY KEEVINS WORDS 07515382 675 Gatwick airport meet and greet parking scammers used pictures of a hospital car park 400 miles away in <a  href=Scotland to con holidaymakers into believing their vehicles were safe, when in reality he was dumping them in muddy fields, a court heard. Unsuspecting customers paid Asad Malik made more than ??1m over a two year period when he was using a picture of the car park at Borders General hospital on his Gatwick airport parking websites, a jury were told. Unsuspecting customers thought their cars would be parked in secure car parks like the one hundreds of miles away in Melrose when they booked with Malik before flying out of the London airport. Hundreds of holidaymakers and business travellers were conned into believing their cars were safe and secure when they were being taken on joyrides before being dumped in muddy fields, Lewes Crown Court heard. Travellers flying from Gatwick who used cheap off site meet and greet parking services run by Mr Malik were duped into believing their vehicles would be valet parked in secure locations with CCTV and 24 hour security guards, the jury heard. The cars were dumped at fields around Ifield, near Gatwick and at other locations miles from the airport. They were also parked in petrol stations and a mosque, the court heard. Richard Heller, barrister for West Sussex County Council Trading Standards, told them in reality the cars were used for joyrides and to tow other vehicles before being parked in muddy fields unlocked or with the keys stuck to the windscreen in a clear plastic bag. The jury in Brighton were told cars were driven extra miles, returned dirty and damaged to their owners or not returned at all. Asad Malik, 37, from Crawley, fraudulently claimed customers cars would be kept secure and returned undamaged, he said. Mr Malik also told customers they had no right to complain after leaving the airport despite warnings from Trading Standards offi" class="wp-image-9149012 size-full">

Asad Malik has been jailed for 14 months (Picture: Eddie Mitchell)

BARRY KEEVINS WORDS 07515382 675 Gatwick airport meet and greet parking scammers used pictures of a hospital car park 400 miles away in Scotland to con holidaymakers into believing their vehicles were safe, when in reality he was dumping them in muddy fields, a court heard. Unsuspecting customers paid Asad Malik made more than ??1m over a two year period when he was using a picture of the car park at Borders General hospital on his Gatwick airport parking websites, a jury were told. Unsuspecting customers thought their cars would be parked in secure car parks like the one hundreds of miles away in Melrose when they booked with Malik before flying out of the London airport. Hundreds of holidaymakers and business travellers were conned into believing their cars were safe and secure when they were being taken on joyrides before being dumped in muddy fields, Lewes Crown Court heard. Travellers flying from Gatwick who used cheap off site meet and greet parking services run by Mr Malik were duped into believing their vehicles would be valet parked in secure locations with CCTV and 24 hour security guards, the jury heard. The cars were dumped at fields around Ifield, near Gatwick and at other locations miles from the airport. They were also parked in petrol stations and a mosque, the court heard. Richard Heller, barrister for West Sussex County Council Trading Standards, told them in reality the cars were used for joyrides and to tow other vehicles before being parked in muddy fields unlocked or with the keys stuck to the windscreen in a clear plastic bag. The jury in Brighton were told cars were driven extra miles, returned dirty and damaged to their owners or not returned at all. Asad Malik, 37, from Crawley, fraudulently claimed customers cars would be kept secure and returned undamaged, he said. Mr Malik also told customers they had no right to complain after leaving the airport despite warnings from Trading Standards officers he was breaking the law. Customers cars

People came home from holiday to find their cars covered in mud (Picture: Eddie Mitchell)

One man discovered he’d been scammed when he saw his Mini in an ITV News report on Facebook while he was on holiday in Spain.

Keegan Bowes watched the broadcast in Majorca and despite paying for his car to be parked in a secure location, discovered it dumped in a field.

thumbnail for post ID 9148969Asian football team walks off after ‘racist’ referee says ‘your lot ain’t winning'

He called his mother, Linda Glover, to ask her to collect the car, and when she did she found the passenger door would not open and the satnav was missing, the court heard.

Ross Newman said his BMW GT had a tow bar style dent in the front bumper after booking meet and greet parking with Malik’s company.

He also noticed his car had racked up 24 miles during his holiday – despite being told the parking location was only 3.8 miles from Gatwick Airport.

‘The company had no entitlement to do anything with that car other than drive it to the location and return it to the customer,’ Prosecutor Richard Heller said.

Gatwick airport meet and greet parking scammers used pictures of a hospital car park 400 miles away in Scotland to con holidaymakers into believing their vehicles were safe, when in reality he was dumping them in muddy fields, a court heard. Unsuspecting customers paid Asad Malik made more than ??1m over a two year period when he was using a picture of the car park at Borders General hospital on his Gatwick airport parking websites, a jury were told. Unsuspecting customers thought their cars would be parked in secure car parks like the one hundreds of miles away in Melrose when they booked with Malik before flying out of the London airport. Hundreds of holidaymakers and business travellers were conned into believing their cars were safe and secure when they were being taken on joyrides before being dumped in muddy fields, Lewes Crown Court heard. Travellers flying from Gatwick who used cheap off site meet and greet parking services run by Mr Malik were duped into believing their vehicles would be valet parked in secure locations with CCTV and 24 hour security guards, the jury heard. The cars were dumped at fields around Ifield, near Gatwick and at other locations miles from the airport. They were also parked in petrol stations and a mosque, the court heard. Richard Heller, barrister for West Sussex County Council Trading Standards, told them in reality the cars were used for joyrides and to tow other vehicles before being parked in muddy fields unlocked or with the keys stuck to the windscreen in a clear plastic bag. The jury in Brighton were told cars were driven extra miles, returned dirty and damaged to their owners or not returned at all. Asad Malik, 37, from Crawley, fraudulently claimed customers cars would be kept secure and returned undamaged, he said. Mr Malik also told customers they had no right to complain after leaving the airport despite warnings from Trading Standards officers he was breaking the law. Customers cars - BARRY KEEVINS WORDS 07515382 675

Malik had used pictures of a hospital car park 400 miles away in Scotland to con holidaymakers into believing their vehicles were safe, when in reality he was dumping them in muddy fields (Picture: Eddie Mitchell)

Trading Standards found hundreds of cars at several locations parked in muddy fields or hidden in bushes and some cars were left unlocked with windows open and keys left in plastic wallets on the windscreen.

One driver found their car had been driven 185 miles while they were away while others received notices for unpaid parking tickets when they returned from holiday.

thumbnail for post ID 9136407Family fight for justice after driver is spared jail for killing dad

Jurors at Lewes Crown Court in Brighton heard that some cars were not even returned to their owners at all.

Malik, of Crawley, West Sussex, was found to have made dishonest claims on two websites in a bid to fool people into using London Parking Gatwick and another service called Easy Meet and Greet Gatwick.

He also used a photograph of the car park at Borders General Hospital in Melrose, Scotland, some 400 miles away, to con people into thinking that’s where their cars would be kept.

Terms and conditions and other text was copied from other websites and used on Malik’s sites that were littered with poor spelling and grammar.

Keir Monteith QC, defending, asked Mr Malik: ‘Under the Our Services heading, it says “you can see few services blow”. Did you ever check this?’

Malik replied: ‘Not word by word, no.’

The jury found Malik guilty of three counts of defrauding or misleading customers, in breach of consumer protection laws. Three further counts were left to lie on file.

Malik was jailed for 14 months and disqualified from acting as a company director of any business for the next four years.

Check Also

Thousands of eco-warriors pour into London to bring city to standstill

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6923023/Thousands-eco-warriors-pour-London-bring-city-standstill.html

Leave a Reply

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.