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Conman who fled UK while on bail posts video claiming I didnt have a choice

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A fraudster who fled the country after being given bail for running a number plate scam has apologised in a video.

Zahid Khan, 31, said he was very sorry but that he had no choice but to flee the UK, in the video posted to his Facebook page.

He went on the run days before he was due to be sentenced for running an illegal number plate business targeting luxury cars.

Zahid Khan. A Ferrari-driving crook who posed as a successful businessman has been convicted of running a car number plate scam that promised to net him ??500,000 before West Midlands Police wrote-off his plans. SeeSWNS story SWMDferrari. But just days before Zahid Khan???s trial was due to conclude at Birmingham Crown Court the 31-year-old fled the country and left his family, including his own brothers, to take the rap for his crimes. Khan was the high-profile ringleader of a group ??? including brothers Aamir Khan and Ayan Ahmed, plus cousin Zubair Ahmad ??? that stole the rights to high-value personalised plates. The family originally stood trial earlier this year but Khan, who was granted bail by a judge, skipped the country. He was found guilty in his absence and given a 10-year prison sentence. A jury failed to reach a verdict on Aamir Khan, Ayan Ahmed and Zubair Ahmad ??? but yesterday (Dec 7) they were all found unanimously guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud.

Zahid Khan was convicted of smuggling illegal Afghan immigrants into the UK in 2015 (Picture: SWNS)

Khan, along with his brothers Aamir and Ayan and cousin Zubair Ahmad, fraudulently obtained Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) paperwork.

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This enabled them to transfer ownership of five high-value number plates – 2K, 8G, 9H, 9J and C1 – without the owners knowledge.

Khan sold the 2K plate for £85,000 to an unwitting customer and was in the process of cashing in on the others.

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One of their targets was Scottish lottery winner Gillian Bayford, who won £148 million in August 2012.

Khan was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, perverting the course of justice, and concealing and converting criminal property.

Zahid Khan's Ferrari before it was repaired and illegally put back on the road. A Ferrari-driving crook who posed as a successful businessman has been convicted of running a car number plate scam that promised to net him ??500,000 before West Midlands Police wrote-off his plans. SeeSWNS story SWMDferrari. But just days before Zahid Khan???s trial was due to conclude at Birmingham Crown Court the 31-year-old fled the country and left his family, including his own brothers, to take the rap for his crimes. Khan was the high-profile ringleader of a group ??? including brothers Aamir Khan and Ayan Ahmed, plus cousin Zubair Ahmad ??? that stole the rights to high-value personalised plates. The family originally stood trial earlier this year but Khan, who was granted bail by a judge, skipped the country. He was found guilty in his absence and given a 10-year prison sentence. A jury failed to reach a verdict on Aamir Khan, Ayan Ahmed and Zubair Ahmad ??? but yesterday (Dec 7) they were all found unanimously guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud.

The Ferrari-driving crook sold high-value personalised plates (Picture: SWNS)

When he failed to turn up to Birmingham Crown Court for his trial, he was jailed in his absence for ten years.

In the video, he said he had been unfairly targeted by police, and was not given a fair trial.

Wearing a white shirt and sun glasses, he said: I am making this video to let you know I am very sorry, I did not want to do what I did, but I I felt like I had no other choice.

Had I stayed in the UK, I was not having no justice and the only safest option I had was to leave this country.

The defence barristers saw I had no legal team and took this as a opportunity to attack me.

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Its believed the video, which has since been deleted, was first posted in June but has reemerged this week (Picture: Facebook/ Zahid Khan)

The whole case was biased and very unfair for myself.

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All I want is for justice to be served. I will speak my voice till Im heard. I will not stop until I get justice served.

Khan, of Moseley, Birmingham, was also convicted of people smuggling after he was caught bringing Afghan immigrants into the UK in 2015.

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West Midlands Police are now working with the Home Office and Interpol to find Khan.

The court heard Khan pressured a Birmingham car salesman into passing on the details of drivers with valuable vehicle registration mark (VRMs).

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Police seized and crushed Khans Ferrari (Picture: West Midlands Police)

He then contacted the DVLA posing as the rightful owner and claimed to have lost the log book and reporting an address change.

When he was sent a new log book he claimed ownership of the number plates by naming himself or one of his co-conspirators as the grantee on V778 retention documents.

During the investigation, police also uncovered evidence linking him to six stolen cars being run on false plates.

DC Rob Piper, from West Midlands Polices Economic Unit, said: I would urge Khan to take a long hard look at himself in the mirror and reflect on what hes done.

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Police said the car was potentially a danger to road users (Picture: West Midlands Police)

Hes run away and left his own family to take the punishment for a criminal enterprise he orchestrated – that kind of action must be hard to live with.

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We are working with the Home Office and Interpol to trace Khan and bring him to justice.

But I would also urge Zahid Khan to do the honourable thing and surrender to police, instead of letting his loved ones do the time for his crimes.

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Zahid Khan portrayed the image of a legitimate businessman and a multi-millionaire but in reality he is a career criminal and a con artist.

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He and his family and associates clearly thought theyd identified a scheme that could make them huge sums of money.

The five VRMs they stole the rights for had a combined value of half a million pounds.

But we uncovered the scam before he was able to cash in.

Khans Ferrari was seized and crushed. It had previously been written off but was illegally recovered, repaired and put back on the road.

It was unsafe and potentially a danger to road users.

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