2 Nigerians Jailed For £1m Wire/Phishing Scam | Photos
Two members of a Nigerian organised crime group who committed more than £1m worth of fraud and money laundering after staging a mass phishing con have been jailed after a National Crime Agency investigation.
Emmanuel Mmaduike and Olawale Kashimawo, both 31, spent the money on a lavish lifestyle – hiring a helicopter, driving flash cars – and regularly posed for photographs of themselves with wads of money, expensive watches and drinking champagne. Confiscation orders are being pursued against both men.
The duo’s organised crime group (OCG) was based in south-east London and obtained thousands of business email addresses and passwords enabling the group to divert payments due to the companies to themselves.
Mmaduike’s role was to fraudulently access victim email and alter invoices to direct payment to mule bank accounts run by Kashimawo, of Claycorn Court, Esher, Surrey.
Kashimawo subsequently laundered the cash by arranging withdrawals and international bank transfers carried out by other fraudsters.
The pair are believed to have committed more than £1m worth of fraud and money laundering between April 2015 and November 2015.
In March last year Mmaduike, known as Bigdoz, was jailed for six years and 10 months after admitting money laundering, fraud and perverting the course of justice in relation to a sham marriage to a Dutch national.
Officers from the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) began investigating in November 2015 after receiving a report of a £24,000 fraud.
Investigators arrested Mmaduike at his home in Ashmore Road, Woolwich, London, in 2016.
They recovered masses of evidential data and forged documents showing he had a bogus wedding with a woman who flew in and out of the UK in just 10 hours for their ceremony.
Today, at Kingston Crown Court, Kashimawo, was jailed for six years and nine months.
He admitted two counts of conspiracy to commit money laundering – one relating to his partner Mmaduike and the second relating to OCG accomplices.