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Nigerian fraudster from Palmers Green told to pay back stolen money

A NIGERIAN fraudster who stole hundreds of thousands of pounds in an inheritance scam has been ordered to pay back some of his profits.

Buariu Ogundimu, 29, coerced his victims into transferring substantial sums of money into his bank account with the false promise of an inheritance from a long lost relative.

It is estimated Ogundima and his associates stole more than £700,000 through the scam, targeting people across the world with false promises.

One victim, from Germany, handed over hundreds of thousands of pounds and had to re-mortgage his house after falling for the scam.

The investigation into Ogundimu, of Pauls Rise, Palmers Green, began after another Nigerian man was convicted of money laundering in July 2008 and who had links to Ogundimu.

Officers discovered Ogundimu had opened bank accounts in the names of Mr Campbell and Mr Smith to launder his ill-gotten money.

The investigation exposed an array of false passports, driving licences, and other documents with bogus names and stolen identities.

Ogundimu denied masterminding the scam, but was found guilty by a jury in September last year of five counts of money laundering and one count of fraud for which he was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

On Wednesday, April 14, a judge at Wood Green Crown Court ordered Ogundimu to surrender £10,000 or risk another six months being added to his sentence.

Detective Constable Patrick McHugh, from the Enfield Police’s Payback Unit, said after the hearing: “This was a meticulously planned operation and Ogundimu along with his associates believed they could continue to carry out this operation without being detected.

“They stole money from victims all over the world with some of them losing their life savings as a result.”

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April 28, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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