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Nigerian Oil Tycoon Jailed For Fraud And Money Laundering At Leicester, UK

The Nigerian businessman, along with twelve other defendants, was convicted of conspiracy to launder money in an international fraud and money laundering investigation.

Walter Wagbatsoma was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months imprisonment for his part in the crime, following a trial at Leicester Crown Court

This investigation was conducted by Lincolnshire Police Economic Crime Unit under Operation Tarlac, in which over £12m was defrauded from public bodies including hospital trusts, housing associations and councils around the UK.

Nigerian born Wagbatsoma, 47, was originally detained on a European Arrest Warrant in June 2016 whilst travelling through Germany. He was extradited soon afterwards and charged with conspiring with others to launder the proceeds of fraud through his business interests in the UK.

He was also disqualified from being a company director for 6 years.

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Wagbatsoma and his co defendants fraudulently obtained funds in the UK that were laundered through an account in Dubai under the control of a co-conspirator Oluwatoyin Allison, a UK national who was convicted in his absence at an earlier trial in April 2017 and sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

The funds were then transferred to Wagbatsoma’s account in the UK.

Wagbatsoma, an oil and gas businessman, was on trial in Nigeria at the time of his arrest for his part in a £1.9 billion oil subsidy fraud for which he was convicted and sentenced in his absence to 10-years imprisonment in January last year.

This is the third criminal trial for this operation and follows the successful conviction of 12 other defendants in the investigation which began with a complaint of fraud from Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust in September 2011, in which £1.28m was fraudulently obtained by the gang. Subsequently, a further 20 linked offences was identified resulting in losses of £12.6m.

After a four-year investigation, those convicted have received prison sentences in excess of 50-years and proceedings are underway to recover the gains of the conspiracy under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This is to make sure that victims can in some way be recompensed for what the Judge described as a “sophisticated and widespread fraud in its conception and execution.”

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Deputy Chief Constable Craig Naylor said: “For a small force, this investigation shows that officers in our Economic Crime department have shown real endeavour and determination in investigating what is a huge money laundering and fraud offence.

“Operation Tarlac has now seen thirteen individuals given lengthy prison sentences for their part in an international offence, which has had a national impact on public bodies in the UK. As a force, we have achieved a significant impact against organised crime in this investigation and this shows the hard work by our officers.

“Proceedings are now underway to recover a large amount of money, and I want to personally thank partners for their support and co-operation with us in this investigation and congratulate my officers and staff on a job well done.”

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Former Model And Accomplice Charged With Murder of Harry Uzoka

Twenty-four-year-old model George Koh and his friend, Jonathan Okigbo, have been charged with the killing of Harry Uzoka, an up-and-coming star in the fashion world who was found dead of a single knife wound in west London on Thursday night.

The two men were arrested this weekend, and charged on Tuesday. Koh was also charged with possessing an offensive weapon. A 27-year-old man who was arrested on the day of the stabbing has been released under investigation.

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Uzoka, 25, was represented by Premier Model Management, and modeled for Dior, Everlane, and Mercedes, among others. One industry source who worked with Uzoka told the The Guardian he was a “wonderful model but, even more so, a good person and a pleasure to work with.”

Shortly after his death, model Jourdan Dunn tweeted “Rest in Paradise Young King.”

Koh’s fashion career was also on the rise. He modeled for brands like Kenzo and Paul Smith, and amassed over 12,000 followers on Instagram. He was previously represented by IMG models, but his page on their site is no longer active, and a company representative reportedly told the Daily Mail that Koh had not been on their books since March 2017.

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It remains unclear what led to the attack on Uzoka.

The killing brings the number of murders in London in the first two weeks of 2018 to five. Two of them are of Nigerian descent.

Police have confirmed four of the victims were stabbed to death

Police Release Identity And Image of Youth Murdered On New Year’s Eve In Newham

Detectives investigating the murder of a young man in Newham on New Years Eve have today released an image of him and are renewing their appeals for information.

His name has been given as Taofeek Lamidi.

He was 20 years old.

This evening, Sunday 7 January, officers will revisit the scene, appeal to the public and speak to residents as part of the ongoing appeal for information.

DCI Cranwell said: “Taofeek was repeatedly stabbed, and was found lying in the street suffering horrific injuries from which he did not recover. Violent incidents such as this have no place on London’s streets, and we are urgently following up a number of lines of enquiry to trace those involved and responsible.

“We know that the victim was with a number of people at the time of the attack, and I urgently need to trace this group of young men.

“Memorial Avenue is a busy residential area close to West Ham station. I know that there were people in the area who witnessed the incident, and I need them to come forward. Any information provided will be treated with the strictest confidence.”

Police were called by London Ambulance Service at 19.37hrs on Sunday, 31 December, to Memorial Avenue, West Ham E15 to a report of a male stabbed.

 

The former Eastlea Community School pupil suffered fatal stab wounds in Memorial Avenue two days before his 21st birthday, in one of four fatal unrelated attacks across London over the New Year.

 

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20 year old New Year’s eve stabbing victim Taofeek Lamidi

Despite efforts by both officers and London Ambulance Service paramedics at the scene to resuscitate the victim, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 20:22hrs. .

A post-mortem examination held at East Ham Mortuary on Tuesday, 2 January gave cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.

The Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command is investigating, and continue to appeal for information about the fatal stabbing, and for witnesses to come forward.

There has been no arrest at this stage, and enquiries continue.

Anyone with information that may assist police is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4054 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

BREAKING NEWS: Nigerian Woman Paid Record £9,000,000 Compensation for Birth Of Son That Should Not Have Been Born

A mother has been handed a record compensation payout after she gave birth to a son she would have aborted if she had been told he would be born badly disabled.

Omodele Meadows, 40, was handed £9million for the wrongful birth of Adejuwon, now six, in September 2011.

When he was born it was discovered that he suffered from an aggressive form of haemophilia and autism. Four years before she got pregnant she had a test for the haemophilia gene after it was discovered that another relative had it. She was mistakenly given the all-clear by a doctor.

Only after Adejuwon’s birth did she undergo detailed genetic testing that confirmed her as a carrier of the gene. Ms Meadows went on to sue GP, Dr Hafshah Khan, whose lawyers ‘admitted that, but for her negligence, Adejuwon would not have been born.’ The doctor had not herself ordered the blood test, only giving Ms Meadows the results, and a judge said it ‘cannot have been easy’ for her to admit liability.

But the fact remained that, had she been referred for genetic testing in 2006, Ms Meadows would have been identified as a carrier before she became pregnant. ‘She would have undergone foetal testing for haemophilia’ and would have opted for an abortion early on in her pregnancy.

Lawyers for the GP agreed to pay Ms Meadows £1.4m in compensation for the additional costs of bringing up Adejuwon relating to his haemophilia. But they refused to pay out a much larger sum to include the extra care costs relating to Adejuwon’s autism.

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General view of the Royal Courts of Justice on The Strand in London.

Now, High Court judge, Mrs Justice Yip, has upheld the mother’s claim in full, awarding her £9 million, a record payout in a wrongful birth claim. The judge said that, as a result of the wrong test being carried out, Ms Meadows ‘was led to believe that any child she had would not have haemophilia.’ Had it not been for the error, ‘Adejuwon would not have been born, because his mother would have discovered during her pregnancy that he was afflicted by haemophilia and so would have undergone a termination.’

Ms Meadows had been alerted to the risk that she might be carrying the haemophilia gene when her nephew was born with the condition, the court heard. The virulent strain of haemophilia afflicting the family caused ‘repeated bleeds’ and her nephew had to be ‘constantly watched’ to prevent even minor injuries.

The condition is further complicated in Adejuwon’s case because his autism makes the haemophilia much more difficult to treat.

The GP’s lawyers argued Ms Meadows was not entitled to compensation for the cost of bringing up an autistic child. The condition was not linked to the doctor’s negligence and it was merely ‘bad luck’ that Adejuwon was afflicted by it. But Mrs Justice Yip said: ‘Adejuwon would not have been born but for the defendant’s negligence. ‘Ms Meadows therefore would not have had a child with the combined problems of haemophilia and autism. ‘Had she known she was a carrier, she would have undergone foetal testing and would then have terminated this particular pregnancy,’ the judge went on. ‘The effect of the doctor’s negligence was to remove the mother’s opportunity to terminate a pregnancy that she would not have wanted to continue.

‘The birth of her son resulted from a pregnancy which was afflicted by haemophilia. His autism was bad luck.’ But the judge concluded: ‘I reject the submission that the losses flowing from his autism fell outside the defendant’s assumption of responsibility. ‘It follows that I consider that the costs related to Adejuwon’s autism may properly be recovered. Damages will be assessed in the sum of £9,000,000.’ The judge added that Ms Meadows loves Adejuwon dearly and had only brought the claim ‘to provide a better life for her son.’ ‘I recognise that this case involves highly emotive matters,’ she said. ‘It cannot be easy for any mother to contend bluntly that her child should not have been born.

‘Her love for her son shone through from her written statements. ‘She had specifically sought to avoid bringing a child with haemophilia into the world, knowing the suffering that condition causes. ‘The fact that she says clearly that she would have terminated her pregnancy had she known the baby would have haemophilia is not the same at all as saying that Adejuwon is now an unwanted child. ‘On the contrary, it appears that he is much loved and cared for.

‘The burden of caring for him though is much greater than the burden of caring for a normal healthy child and extends far beyond purely financial cost. ‘Although this is a claim for her loss, I do not doubt that the mother’s primary motive in bringing this claim is to provide a better life for her son.’

 

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/

UK: JAIL FOR 2 CON MEN INVOLVED IN OVER £300K MONEY TRANSFER AND BANK MANDATE FRAUD

Two men who were part of an organised fraud network, conning amateur sports clubs and small businesses out of over £300,000, have been jailed for more than six years.

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. The email would ask them 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.

Okwudili Chinze, 44, a Nigerian national of no fixed abode 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.

Ahmed Otun, 41, a Nigerian national of Walfrey Gardens, Dagenham, 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.

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When the various frauds came to light, officers from FALCON, the Met’s response to fraud and linked crime online, launched an investigation. The offences were linked and detectives discovered that the men had set up a company named Britannia Security, a vehicle used to give a veneer of legitimacy to the fraud. Its bank account was used to receive the majority of the defrauded funds.

On arrest, a variety of manuals detailing how to hack into emails were found on Otun’s computer.

Acting Detective Sergeant Matt Wigg, of FALCON, said: “I would urge people to be very careful when moving and transferring money.

“Many of the victims linked to this case were tricked into sending money to criminals’ accounts after they were sent a spoof email with change of payment details.

“Always verify changes to financial arrangements with the organisation or person directly on the phone, or go via the company’s main switchboard to check if an email is genuine. Never reveal bank account details via email or on unsecure networks.

“Trust your instincts and always check before transferring money, because it will be extremely difficult to recover once you’ve sent it.”

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.

Notify your bank immediately if you see any unusual activity on your account or suspect mandate fraud has occurred.

For more advice and information on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud, or what to do if you have been a victim, visit the Action Fraud website at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

MO FARAH RECEIVES KNIGHTHOOD AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE. ALSO SEE LIST OF ANGLO-NIGERIANS HONOURED BY THE QUEEN IN 2017

King of the track Sir Mo Farah has officially received his knighthood today.

The four-time Olympic champion is being honoured at Buckingham Palace for his services to athletics.

Sir Mo, who called time on his track career at the end of the summer, is moving back to London from the United States to concentrate on running road marathons.

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On the news of the knighthood Sir Mo, who came to the UK from Somalia as a boy, said: “I’m so happy to be awarded this incredible honour from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight.”

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Also due to receive an honour at the palace on Tuesday is Delia Smith, who will become a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to cookery.

Rosa Monckton, a friend of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will be made an MBE for voluntary and charitable services to people with learning difficulties and their families in the UK and abroad.

Model Erin O’Connor will be honoured with an MBE for services to fashion and charity, and actress Patricia Hodge will be given an OBE for services to drama.

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The following Nigerians have also been honoured in the Queens Honours list this year

  • Ms Helen Folasade Adu, OBE. Singer, Songwriter and Composer. For services to Music. (London)
  • Mrs Tosanbanmi Efua Eva Williams has been appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) for her service as the Deputy Communications Secretary to The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
  • Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp, OBE. Formerly chief executive, The Place. For services to Dance. (London)
  • Miss Ogheneruona Mercy Iguyovwe. Senior Specialist Prosecutor International Justice and Organised Crime Division, Crown Prosecution Service. For services to Law and Order. (Loughton, Essex)
  • Miss Chinyere Adah (Chi-chi) Nwanoku, MBE. Musician. For services to Music. (London)
  • Ms Maureen Okoye MBE. Headteacher Davies Lane Primary School, Leytonstone, London. For services to Education. (London)
  • Ms Olufunke (Akindolie) Abimbola MBE. For services to Diversity in the Legal Profession and to Young People. (St Albans, Hertfordshire)
  • Ms Ndidi Ekubia MBE. For services to Silversmithing. (Camberley, Surrey)
  • Ms Adetola Kunle-Hassan MBE. Founder Nubian Skin. For services to Fashion. (London)
  • Miss Eunice Olumide MBE. For services to Broadcasting The Arts and charity. (Edinburgh)
  • Oladele Woye MBE. Executive Officer Department for Work and Pensions. For services to the Department for Work and Pensions and to the community in East London. (London)
  • Mrs Patricia Obiageli Aiyenuro. BEM For services to Sport in the London Borough of Camden.
  • Olayinka Idris Bada BEM. Designated Detention Officer Metropolitan Police. For services to Policing. (London)

 

BBC COMMISSIONS LONDON INTERNET STAR TO CREATE NEW SITCOM

Kayode Ewumi is the brains behind popular hit web series #HoodDocumentary.

The massive success of the internet show has led the BBC to commission him to write and star in enterprise a sitcom about a couple of would be entrepreneurs trying to launch their new delivery firm.

Kayode was born on 2nd November 1993 in the Elephant and Castle district of London, the middle child in an Anglo-Nigerian family.

He read drama and theatre studies amongst other subjects at the City and Islington College before going on to Coventry University – initially to take the journalism course but switched to drama, graduating in 2015 with first class honours.

Whilst at school he had met Tyrell Williams who, in 2015, pitched to him the idea of the spoof documentary ‘Hood Drama’ in which he plays would-be rapper Reece Simpson, aka R.S.

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In 2016 he joined the ensemble cast of the remake of sitcom ‘Are You Being Served?’

Talking about the plot, the BBC explains: “Kazim and Jeremiah are two young entrepreneurs in the early stages of rolling out their home delivery service, Speedi-Kazz. Both are blessed with different skill-sets: Kazim has the energy and confidence, Jeremiah has the brains – but on occasion these differences can leave them at loggerheads. We follow their fledgling business, and this awkward bromance, as it makes its way into the homes of Kazim and Jeremiah’s fellow Londoners.”

Starring alongside Kayode Ewumi will be Daniel Ezra (Undercover), plus Humansactor Ivanno Jeremiah and Borgen‘s Femi Elufowoju Jr.

Kayode Ewumi says: “The fact that I filmed this around my area – Elephant and Castle – made it even more of a beautiful experience for me. The cast and crew were amazing and I believe that Enterprice showcases growth in my writing. YAAAA BWOY!!!!”

 

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