A Nigerian by name Idris Ogunsanya has bagged four and a half years in prison in the UK for defrauding a number of people of several thousands of pounds.
The 29-year-old Idris who is unemployed and lived in Blackwall Way was found guilty on ten counts of fraud and in possession of articles used in fraud and jailed on Friday, February 19, at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Until his arrest, Idris lived an expensive lifestyle, enjoying luxury trips to Dubai in business class and and stayed at expensive hotels including the prestigious, Burj Al Arab Hotel.
According to Metropolitan Police, Idris was arrested after he used a stolen credit card to buy a 375 bottle of Dom Perignon champagne at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in Canary Wharf on November 1, 2003.
Other items recovered from his address includes, a large quantity of stolen credit cards, £6,000 in cash, a device for skimming card details from ATMs, credit card reader, 60 inch television, bottles of champagne and several pair of expensive trainers. Further investigation also revealed that Ogunsanya defrauded his neighbours and a number of people out of £40,000.
Similarly, two Nigerians Kelvin Okusanya and Oluwamuyiwa Fasoranti, were jailed on Friday, January 29 in the UK for helping to defraud a company of £3.8 million.
According to City of London Police, the fraud lasted for over 14-month period starting in April 2012. The fraudsters submitted over 19,000 fraudulent loan applications totaling £6.2 million to the company using stolen identities.
A failure in Wonga’s computer systems meant over half the loans were approved, with £3.8 million paid into the accounts of a network of middlemen. Cash from their internet accounts was eventually transferred to one “master” account controlled by those running the scam.
Oluwamuyiwa Fasoranti was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of money laundering, while Kelvin Okusanya who fled to Nigeria was sentenced in his absence to six years in jail.