Two Nigerian men, Okwudili Chinze and Ahmed Otun, have been jailed in the United Kingdom, UK, for fraud. The suspects were part of an organised fraud network, conning amateur sports clubs and small businesses out of over £300,000. Two Nigerian men jailed in UK.
According to reports, the men defrauded their victims – including amateur football clubs, village halls and solicitors firms – by sending them emails purporting to be from an individual affiliated to their organisation, such as the treasurer or financial director.
Two Nigerian men jailed in UK
The email they sent out, would ask them (their victims) to transfer a sum of money and the recipient, believing the email to be genuine, would pay the sum into an account run by the fraudsters.
One of the suspects, Chinze, aged 44, had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and money laundering. On Friday, 17 November at Kingston Crown Court, he was sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to commit fraud, and fifteen months for money laundering, to run concurrently.
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The other suspect, Otun, 41, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and money laundering. He was jailed on 17 November for four years for conspiracy to commit fraud and 22 months for money laundering, to run concurrently.
Both men were disqualified from directorships for ten years. Mandate fraud is when someone gets you to change a direct debit, standing order or bank transfer mandate, by purporting to be an organisation you make regular payments to, for example a subscription or membership organisation or your business supplier.
Source: Met Police.