Once dubbed Britain’s Greatest Fraudster, Tony Sales has gone from poacher to gamekeeper and turned his life around to become a fraud prevention expert.

He will now share his unrivalled expertise at West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s Annual Business Summit on January 18.

David Jamieson invited Tony to be the keynote speaker after pinpointing cyber crime as the topic for this year’s summit and a top priority for West Midlands Police.

It was while serving a 12-month prison sentence in 2010 that Tony was put in touch with the Home Office- the first step in a career that has seen him work with the biggest names in banking, retail and insurance to test and protect their online systems. Quite the turnaround for a man once considered ‘underworld royalty’.

Tony Sales said: “Only if you see the world through the eyes of a criminal can you anticipate their next move.

“Our set-up now is a bit like Ocean’s Eleven, but everyone has a London accent! Testing and breaking the security of businesses that think they are bulletproof is very rewarding. Like Houdini, I have never failed.”

Tony now works to identify weaknesses in online systems and correct them. He is also an in-demand public speaker who has made appearances around the globe.

Hear his story – and how to protect your company – at the Commissioner’s Annual Business Summit on January 18 at Maple House, 150 Corporation Street, Birmingham.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “Crime is changing not falling and Tony is definitely not your usual run-of-the-mill public speaker. In fact, he is probably the only man in the world to have ever worked at both the summit of organised crime and the pinnacle of retail and banking fraud and loss prevention. But I wanted to do something bold to show how serious I am about tackling this type of crime and protecting local businesses.

“Also at the summit, senior officers from West Midlands Police who specialise in cyber crime will outline how the force works with the public and private sector to come up with solutions.

“I too will be launching my Economic Development Strategy, setting out my plans for the coming months to help support the region’s economy and local businesses.”

Other speakers at the summit, which starts at 6pm, are Brendan Connor, Strategic Police and Crime Board member and lead for Business; Mark Kenyon, Chief Finance Officer for the PCC; and Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner  from West Midlands Police.

Book your place early to avoid disappointment here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/annual-business-summit-west-midlands-police-and-crime-commissioner-tickets-19949990960

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