- A gang of fraudsters using the identities of British members of parliament had managed to steal £2,500,000 before the crime was noticed by authorities
- One of the suspects Kayode Sanni, an illegal immigrant, claims to have no knowledge of the fraud
- The suspects will receive their various sentences at the Old Bailey on July 6
For using the identities of British members of parliament, judges and police officers during an elaborate £10million scam, a gang of Nigerian fraudsters are now facing jail time.
DailyMail reports that over a four-year period, the crew stole personal details from the British Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC) to make fraudulent claims.
The suspects comprised of 30-year old CSSC events manager Adedamola Oyebode, who stole membership lists and passed them on to her brothers-in-law, 34-year-old Oluwatobi Emmanuel Odeyemi, and 39-year-old Oluwagbenga Stephen Odeyemi, who ran the fraud with 38-year-old Kayode Sanni.
The ‘extraordinarily high rate’ of claims being made by civil servants was eventually spotted by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs; but not before the gang managed to get away with nearly £2,500,000.
NAIJ.com notes that the gang would have reaped more than £10,260,525 if the scam had not been stopped.
One of the suspects, Kayode Sanni, an illegal immigrant told jurors that his conscience was clear, as he denied being part of the fraud.
However, he was convicted of one count of conspiracy to become knowingly concerned in a fraudulent act between 10 March 2009 and 11 June 2013.
The judge, Michael Topolski stated as he remanded him in custody: “I’m quite satisfied at this stage that there is a significant risk that if he were released on bail he would fail to attend.
“In my judgement the situation has changed drastically.
“He chose to contest this matter against what I considered to be overwhelming evidence.
“His incentive to stay in this country has now diminished."
The other suspects will be sentenced with Sanni at the Old Bailey on 6 July, having already pleaded guilty.
Speaking during the trial, the prosecutor Allison Hunter QC stated: “These defendants went to exceptionally complex and sophisticated lengths in their orchestration of this fraud.
“They themselves operate under a number of fluid pseudonyms and false identities, operate a multiplicity of email address, have access to a number of mobile phone numbers and have spread the conduct of this fraud over computers and electronic storage devices sufficient to stock a small warehouse.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that two young Nigerian women were recently arrested by the Metropolitan Police for perpetrating online dating fraud in the UK.
The two Nigerian women were identified as Grace Akintaro and Victoria Nwogu.
24-year-old Akintaro was said to have posed as a woman named Amanda Jenson, and had connected with several men looking for relationships online. She succeeded in getting over £100,000 (about N45 million) from those unsuspecting men.
22-year-old Nwogu was said to have gotten £3,490 (about N1.5 million) from Akintaro for playing a small part in the scams.
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