Nigerians and Fraud: couple jailed in the UK

English: Department for Work and Pensions, Exe...

Increasingly over the years, men have found ways to corrupt things that are otherwise good. Synergy is a positive word but when it is  abused, it can backfire.

A couple Thomas assisted by his partner, Abiola, managed to pocket about £87,000 after submitting almost 2,500 handwritten false claim applications for tax credits and benefits.

According to the story as reported by the DailyMail, Thomas, with Abiola’s help, used stolen personal details to complete these claim forms. When the claims were successful, the pair withdrew cash from acquaintances’ bank accounts or from bogus post office accounts that Thomas, who masterminded the scam, had set up. The report has it that they had claimed £3 million from the Department of Work and Pensions and received £44,000.

How was the fraud uncovered?

The fraud was discovered when benefits staff noticed the same address was being used for multiple claims.
And what does that remind us? The ungoodly man is ensnared by his own mistakes.

What did the couple use the money for?
Twas discovered that the pair spent the money on designer clothing and electrical items including a 50-inch plasma television.

What was the court’s judgement?
Thomas, an illegal immigrant, was jailed for seven years while Abiola, also a Nigerian national with leave to remain in the UK, received two-and-a-half years.
Judge Kennedy also indicated that both Thomas and Abiola should be deported at the end of their prison terms.

The pair, who carried out the scam between January 3, 2007 and October 7, 2011, tried to claim £827,000 from HMRC, securing £43,000.

Meaning they had succeeded for a long time in this “business”.  Anyway, I’m simply reminded of that saying that goes this way: “Every day is for the thief, but one day is for the owner of the house”  

Partner in things that are of good report!

Source: http://www.channelstv.com/home/2012/10/01/nigerian-couple-jailed-in-the-uk-for-trying-to-claim-3-8m-benefits-using-1400-identities/

This other article may interest you: https://timelessbits.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/farouk-lawan-femi-otedola-bribery-scandal/

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