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London court jails five Nigerians for £610,000 telephone banking fraud

An Inner London Crown Court has sentenced five Nigerians to various jail terms over the theft of £ 610, 000 from business bank accounts .

According to reports , Victor Oke, 39 , of Galleons Drive, Barking , used stolen data provided by Desmond Uyiosa Abifade , 25 , of Henniker Road , Stratford , to falsely impersonate company directors via telephone banking.

Once Oke gained access , he diverted funds to ‘ mule’ beneficiary accounts monitored by Moses Kuye , 28 , of Connaught Road, Silvertown .

Melinda Mensah -Oke, 37 , also of Galleons Drive, impersonated company directors when a female voice was necessary, while Arinola Kuye , 27 , also of Connaught Road, acted as the group’ s money launderer .

They were caught after being spotted by fraud investigators at HSBC, who passed the case to the dedicated card and payment crime unit ( DCPCU) to investigate.

The DCPCU is sponsored by the banking industry and made up of officers from the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police Service , bank investigators and support staff from UK Finance .

Police were able to analyse when and where the calls were made to identify the phones used and from there, the perpetrators .

All five were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, which they pleaded not guilty to .

On Wednesday, Oke was sentenced to four years in prison, while Moses Kuye was jailed for three years and three months .

Mensah -Oke received a fourteen month suspended sentence and Abifade a two year suspended sentence .

Arinola Kuye was given a 12 -month community order and instructed to complete 50 hours of unpaid work .

DC Dave Cass , who investigated the case for the DCPCU said: “ This was a concerted effort to commit fraud against two companies and profit from crime .

“ The police take fraud very seriously and these sentences should send a message to fraudsters that you will be caught and punished . ”

All losses were refunded to the genuine business account holders.

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