Two Nigerian men, an asylum seeker and his London-based brother-in-law have been jailed for a total of more than 14 years for their part in a £25 million internet fraud involving victims from 55 countries.
Emmanuel Adanemhen, 50, and Eduwu Obasuyi, 40, were jailed by a Maidstone Crown Court in London after being found guilty of money laundering in scams targeted the elderly and vulnerable.
CityScoop have it that Adanemhen arrived in the UK as an asylum seeker in 1998 and had assumed the identity of a deceased Portuguese man by changing his name by deed poll and on driving licences.
UK’s Evening Standard said Adanemhen then used the fake identity to open bank accounts to launder funds from bogus schemes, which included dating website scams, false inheritance scams, overseas lottery wins and shipping frauds.
He was nabbed after police apprehended Obasuyi who was arrested as he was about to board a plane from London to Lagos.
Reports said the duo had moved more than £4 million through their various accounts, which had come from victims in countries around the globe, including Germany, Norway, Switzerland, New Zealand, Canada, United Arab Emirates and across the USA.
One elderly victim from Florida was conned out of $2.9 million, while police estimate the total victims have been conned out of to be more than £25 million.
After pleading guilty, Adanemhen was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison while Obasuyi was sentenced to seven years.