Nigerians caught at it again

Posted: February 24, 2011 in Law & Disorder

IlieA sham marriage fixer has been jailed for 3 years after admitting his role in setting up two bogus ceremonies at a Coventry church.

Oscar Prata, 45, an Angola-born Portuguese citizen, appeared at Coventry Crown Court yesterday for sentencing. He had pleaded guilty to conspiring to break immigration laws at an earlier hearing. He was also recommended for deportation at the conclusion of his sentence. Yeah we’ll see!

Prata, of no fixed address, was arrested by UKBA officers alongside four other individuals on 29 October 2009 at St Chad’s Church, Hillmorton Road, Wood End, Coventry, just before a double wedding was due to begin.

Prata was due to marry a Nigerian woman, Bukola Ainkanmile, 28. The second wedding was to have been between another Nigerian national, 50-year-old Tunde Ayammiyi, and a Portuguese woman, Carla Pavia Du Rusario. A 42-year-old Nigerian man, Oluseyi Adelana, was to have acted as witness at both marriage ceremonies.

UKBA officers swooped on the church after Rev Valerie Woods became suspicious of the wedding arrangements.

The investigation, codenamed Operation Brimrun uncovered evidence which suggested that Prata had paid Du Rusario money to marry Ayammiyi, who she had never met, and was flown from Portugal to Gatwick Airport on a ticket paid for by Adelana.

Officers found mobile phones and diaries at a house in London which linked Prata with similar sham marriages in Northampton, Gloucester, Ilford, Dartford, London and Coventry. I wonder how many illegals that amounted to.

Ayammiyi, Arinkanmile and Adelana had been sentenced at previous hearings for their part in the scam. Arinkanmile was jailed for 3 years, Ayammiyi for 20 months and Adelana for 6 months. Du Rusario was cautioned and returned to Portugal.

Here’s another Nigerian but this one takes the biscuit!

A Nigerian immigrant stole the identities of 350 people to claim £1.3million in bogus tax credits in the largest benefit scam of its kind.

Olaide Taiwo, 35, hijacked the identities while working as a security guard for a number of large national companies. He then used the names to claim tens of thousands in working tax credits.

This week he was jailed for eight and a half years – the highest ever sentence for tax credit fraud – not high enough to my way of thinking.

Taiwo is said to have arrived illegally in Britain in 2003 with his wife. Although three applications to stay in the UK failed, in 2005 he was granted discretionary leave to remain. What idiot gave that?

The father-of-two submitted more than 300 fraudulent tax credit claims between June 2004 and July 2008 worth over £1million. He duped the benefits office 300 times and nobody spotted it?

When he was arrested, investigators found stacks of fake passports and driving licences and £70,000 in cash lying around his council flat in Camberwell, South-East London.

The property was littered with paperwork detailing the names, addresses and national insurance numbers of hundreds of people which he had taken from employee payroll records at dozens of companies around London where he had worked as a security guard.

They also found templates for making false passports, birth certificates, NHS cards and driving licences.

Taiwo used the identities to open hundreds of bank accounts for the benefits to be paid into, but HM Revenue & Customs finally became suspicious about the multiple tax credit applications after four years, the wheels of justice turn exceedingly slow, and he was arrested in July 2008.

They believe he was the ringleader of an organised criminal network which included his sister-in-law who worked for a job centre.

But the rest of the gang are thought to have fled to Nigeria. Taiwo also tried to leave the country but he was arrested again on August 6 last year.

He was found guilty at Inner London Crown Court of fraudulently obtaining payments of tax credits, by using the names and addresses of individuals without their consent and acquiring criminal property.

Sentencing him, Judge Simon Davis ordered that he be deported at the end of his eight and a half year sentence. What breach his human rights to rip the UK off again!

Another member of the gang, Taiwo’s sister-in-law Olajumoke Ademuyiwa, 42, a Jobcentre Plus employee, was also found guilty of fraudulently obtaining tax credit payments in an earlier hearing.

Ademuyiwa opened the bank accounts into which the benefits were paid, but she is not thought to have used her role as a job centre worker to make false claims. Her husband, Oluyemi Amidu Taiwo – Taiwo’s brother – is thought to have fled the country. She is due to be sentenced in April.


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