Three Nigerians Based in the UK have been Involved in Defrauding Vodafone and Other Companies of £429,304

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Four individuals, including three Nigerians and another residing in the United Kingdom, have been sentenced to a total of 11 years in jail by Portsmouth Crown Court for defrauding Vodafone, EE, O2, and Carphone Warehouse of £429,304.

As reported by The News, the defendants—Oluwadamilola Bolaji, Taofeeq Balogun, Taiwo Agusto, and Carriba Johnson—admitted their guilt in court. Their crimes came to light when a Hampshire resident reported unauthorized mobile phone accounts opened in his name between February 14, 2020, and February 19, 2020. Contracts were secured at Fareham and Waterlooville Carphone Warehouse stores, as well as O2 and Vodafone outlets.

Hampshire police initiated Operation Waterspout, investigating the Organised Crime Group behind the commercial fraud. The group exploited stolen personal details from various regions in England and Wales to obtain mobile phones, Apple Watches, iPads, and other high-value items.

The sentences handed down were as follows: Bolaji, 32, of Black Eagle Drive in Gravesend, Kent, was jailed for six years and three months for his £145,000 involvement in the conspiracy. Balogun, 30, of no fixed address in Basingstoke, received a three-year sentence for his £25,000 role. Agusto, 43, of Osbourne Road in Dartford, Kent, was imprisoned for one year and nine months for his £3,000 part. Johnson, 31, of Nelson Square in Southwark, London, received a suspended 24-month sentence for her £2,500 involvement.

Authorities conducted searches of the defendants’ homes, seizing numerous forged documents, including passports, bankcards, statements, and driving licenses, which were used in the fraud. Despite 602 fraudulent transactions involving 176 phone company customers, no financial losses were incurred.

DC Owain Davies from the Hampshire Police Economic Crime Team emphasized that these sentences serve as a deterrent to others engaged in fraudulent activities.

Davies said, “This investigation involved extensive analysis of a huge amount of financial documentation in order to gather the evidence needed to put these offenders before the court. I hope that these results send a clear message to those who commit fraud that their actions won’t go unnoticed and that this type of behaviour will be investigated fully.”

Source: Vanguard news


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