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Document trail adds twists to Rauf's tale

posted 11 Feb 2010, 17:25 by David Rintoul   [ updated 11 Feb 2010, 18:11 ]

Convicted fraudster Abdul Rauf may have convinced deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon that he was worth a letter of commendation in court.

However, a Scotsman investigation has uncovered a picture of a man continually wheeling and dealing before and after his conviction for fraud in 1996.

He was convicted for claiming income support while receiving rent from a second property in Edinburgh's Dalkeith Road which he failed to declare – while living in a plush £400,000 detached home in Glasgow's Maxwell Park area.

In 1996, he was jailed for four years for stealing £58,624 in pension and benefit payments while he ran a Post Office in Edinburgh's Brougham Street.