False identity swindlers caught.

Posted: September 12, 2010 in Law & Disorder

IlieJuliet Ubiribo and Ovo Mayomi, who lived in Longheath Gardens Addiscombe, Croydon, used false identities to swindle £43,000 taxpayers’ money from Croydon Council between 2003 and 2007. Ubiribo claimed she was a single parent and a victim of domestic violence to claim housing and council tax benefit.

Ubiribo said she needed help to pay £900 in rent every month and filled in forms saying her landlord was Ayiomike Neburagho, who lived in Acton, west London. But at the same time, during 2006, her husband Ovo Mayomi applied for a visa to stay in the UK by saying he was a successful businessman.

Croydon Crown Court heard on August 13 that Ubiribo asked the council to re-house her because she was a victim of domestic violence. But the telephone numbers she gave for her ex partner and her landlord were the same.

Checks also showed nobody by the name of Neburagho lived at the address in Acton which indicated her landlord was really her husband. The council’s anti-fraud team launched a joint investigation with the UK Border Agency in January.

Mayomi was arrested and admitted that while living in Nigeria he had bought the identity of Mr Neburagho and entered the UK posing as him. Investigating officers also found a wedding photograph of him, using the Neburagho identity, marrying a Nigerian woman in the UK. Aha, a Nigerian connection!

His original wife, Ubiribo, was charged with ten theft offences, four fraud offences and two immigration offences.

Mayomi was charged with nine counts of theft, one count of fraud, four immigration offences and one count of perjury for entering into a false marriage.

He was sentenced to 30 months in prison while his wife was only given a 12-month jail term suspended for two years even though she is just as guilty of fraud as her partner.

She was also sentenced to 200 hours of community service and will have to wear a tag and submit to curfew for four months from 9pm to 6am. She has been ordered to repay the benefits money she and her husband falsely claimed but if they’ve no money there’s fat chance of the taxpayer getting the money back. I’d rather see them deported.

Talking about sham marriages

A bride and groom were marched through Sheffield city centre after they were arrested on suspicion of taking part in a sham marriage ceremony at the city’s Town Hall.

The 29-year-old Pakistani groom, who was dressed in a shirt and tie, was brought out across the pavement in handcuffs to a waiting van along with his 35-year-old Slovak bride, who was wearing a striped top and a cardigan. The scene was watched by dozens of shoppers and city centre workers. Five wedding guests were also detained.

Finally

A reader of this blog read in his local paper ‘Getreading’ on Friday an article about a woman who had claimed £1124 in council tax benefit and £1203 in Jobseekers Allowance.

While doing this she had £18,730 in a building society account and owned an undeclared property in the town.

She was ordered to pay back the money, plus costs of £100

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