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Monday, 20 November 2017

Photos: Two Nigerian Men Jailed for £300,000 Mandate Fraud in the U.K

Okwudili Chinze Ahmed Otun
Okwudili Chinze Ahmed Otun


Two Nigerian 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, 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, 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. 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. 


Credit: Met Police

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