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Nigerian Couple Jailed In UK Over £3.8m Tax Benefits Claims Fraud Using 1,400 Identities

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Nigerian Couple Jailed In UK Over £3.8m Tax Benefits Claims Fraud Using 1,400 Identities

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Sept 29, 2012 – Nigerian Couple Jailed In UK Over £3.8m Tax Benefits Claims Fraud Using 1,400 Identities

Nigerian couple identified as Adeola Thomas and Abimbola Abiola have been arrested and jailed over tax benefits claims fraud involving the use of over 1,400 stolen Identities. naijagists.com

38-year-old Adeola Thomas and his 34-year-old wife, Abimbola Abiola used the stolen IDs to complete 2495 handwritten tax & benefit claims forms.

They were caught when UK HM Revenue & Customs staff noticed multiple tax credit claims from the same addresses which led them to launch an investigation.

Thomas’ hand-written application forms were analysed, computer records were checked, and hours of recorded calls to the Tax Credit Helpline were listened to and a surveillance operation was carried out. The HRMC investigators viewed CCTV footage showing activity outside various North London Post Office ATMs.

Thomas was eventually arrested at a cash point outside a Post Office in Hackney on October 7th last year. He was found to be in possession of 17 Post Office account cards in different names, two mobile phones and two fraudulently completed forms addressed to Jobcentre Plus.

When Abiola was arrested later the same day, she had £4,125 in her handbag. The mother-of-one claimed the money was her child benefit payment.

Daily Mail reports that 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. They also claimed £3 million from the Department of Work and Pensions and received £44,000.

Adeola Thomas

Adeola Thomas withdrawing fraudulent claims at an ATM before his arrest

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Adeola Thomas Arrested

Thomas, who also happens to be an illegal immigrant pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering offences. Abiola, a Nigerian national with leave to remain in the UK was also found guilty of four counts of conspiracy to defraud, money laundering and possession of criminal property.

Thomas been sentenced to 7 years in Jail while his wife Abiola gets 2.5 years.

What a shameful legacy.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Stanzoco

    September 30, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Criminal of the highest order.

  2. mulikat-cardoso

    September 30, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Take all their property in Uk and in Nigeria, they dont work for it,is criminal money, and now the nigeria living in Uk with Documents or no,particurlarly illigal immigrants will get problem of cheeking, cos they give nigeria bad names.

  3. Jeremiah Jerry

    September 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    what a shameful legacy indid shame 2 dem there r disgrace 2 there country nigeria.

  4. igoche

    September 30, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    D sentence is too small

  5. TOYIN

    September 30, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    What a shameful role model

    • ALIYU

      October 1, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      yorubas and igbos with their greed, always soiling nigeria for us honest ones! shame on you all. i pray we separate so that you horrible, greedy ingrates can go on damaging yourselves and your future generations. BABARAWOS!

      • Wale Yusuf

        October 4, 2018 at 6:25 PM

        You’re an idiot of the highest order if such nonsense can come out of your dirty mouth. You talk as if you’re a saint. Is it ever Igbo and Yorubas are bad? Watch your dirty mouth.

  6. Samuel

    October 1, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    It’s a pity. Lord have mercy

  7. dele

    October 27, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    u’re mad,no be hausa desroy nigeria.think of babangida,abacha and co.fork u.

  8. Emmie

    October 27, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Boko-haram sef dey comment. Bloody fool!!

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