VICTIMS who lost tens of thousands of pounds in a huge con have enlisted the help of an MP in the fight to get their money back.
Golam Chowdhury was jailed for three-and-a-half years for cheating people out of £680,000.
But while his victims are happy to see him finally behind bars they are still left without their money.
As reported in The News, nine people handed cash over to the 27-year-old, of Penhale Road, Fratton, Portsmouth, after he promised to invest it.
All of his schemes were invented and Chowdhury sent the money to his family in Bangladesh.
Nazmur Rahman, of Gosport Road, Fareham, who lost £69,000, has sought the help of MP Mark Hoban to put pressure on the authorities in Bangladesh to investigate the case.
After 16 months of frustration at being ignored by Adbus Shohid, the chief whip of the Bangladesh parliament, Mr Rahman and Mr Hoban were finally granted a meeting with the High Commissioner of Bangladesh in London, Dr Sayeedur Rahman Khan.
Mr Rahman said: ‘I hope now that they will investigate this in Bangladesh.
‘Mr Hoban is working very hard for us..’
The Fareham MP, who is also the financial secretary to the treasury, said: ‘The focus of the victims is now getting the money back and investigating what happened to the money once it got to Bangladesh. There had been some resistance to that.
‘I met with the Bangladeshi High Commissioner.
‘As a consequence of that it looks like the police in Bangladesh will investigate.’
Chowdhury was found guilty of nine counts of fraud last week after a lengthy trial at Winchester Crown Court.
Luftur Rahman Chowdhury, the president of the Bangladesh Welfare Association in Portsmouth, said: ‘The whole community is helpful to Mr Hoban for his support.’
We wish the Bangladesh government would help in this matter.’