'Black cash' scam man sent to jail.
A MAN has been jailed for two and a half years at Birmingham Crown Court for taking part in a 'black magic' scam designed to con gullible people out of thousands of pounds.
Edward Tsafack, aged 29, of Lea Hill Road, Perry Barr, was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud.
Abrahima Konte, 21, of Malvern Road, Handsworth, and Mwepu Wa-Kakuna, 39, of Hilden Road, Nechells, were convicted of the same charge.
Judge Howard Morrison issued a warrant for the arrest of Konte, who had failed to turn up for his trial, and adjourned sentence on Wa-Kakuna for a report on him.
Two other men, Khaussy Thoto, 37, also of Malvern Road, and Simon Kouama-Boni, 33, of Charles Road, Bordesley Green, were acquitted of being part of the fraud.
The judge said: "It is plain this was not a small-scale enterprise. Neither was it extremely large."
John Butterfield, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said the scam was known as a 'black money' fraud and involved presenting the victim with a black piece of paper which, when dipped into some liquid, would turn into a pounds 10 note "as if by magic".
The victim would then be persuaded to hand over cash for a suitcase full of black pieces of paper which turned out to be worthless.
The scam, he said, came to light when police stopped a BMW being driven by Tsafack, suspecting it was stolen.
This led to Tsafack's home and a house shared by other defendants being searched, where police found incriminating evidence.