419: London Based Igbo Syndicate Arrested For Multi Million Pounds Scam

Date: 05-12-2012 9:37 am (9 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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 Two Nigerian fraudsters, whose global £2.7m scam had deadly consequences for one family they mercilessly ripped off, were jailed yesterday [Dec. 4].



Police identified a total of thirteen victims all over the world, who each lost an average of £207,000, after the duo convinced them they were due an Australian lottery pay-out, inheritance, and investment benefit or were sold non-existent heavy plant machinery.

Obinnam Nwokolo, 37, of 20 Chesworth Close, Erith, who amassed a valuable property portfolio in the UK and Nigeria, received six years and four months and Uchechhukwu Onuoha, 40, of Aspen Green, Erith, who entered this country on a student visa, received five years and two months.

Both pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court to conspiracy to defraud between October 1, 2008 and September 15 last year.

One of their victims, Betty McClellan, 62, of Hyde Park, Los Angeles was shot dead by her husband Hersey McClellan, 63, who then shot himself on June 20, 2010 after she wired £264,000 — blowing the couple’s hard-earned pension.

She transferred the sums to accounts controlled by fellow Nigerians Sergius Ene, 44, of 111 Rushden Gardens, Ilford and Osas Odia, 33, of 15 Windrush Court, Chichester Wharf, Erith, who both admitted conspiring to launder criminal property.

Ene, who received sixteen months in March for a £27,000 Euromilions lottery scam on an 83 year-old Northampton pensioner, was jailed for two years and eight months for laundering £342,400.

The accountant, a former Haringey Council housing benefit officer, drove a Mercedes with a personalised ‘ENE’ number plate. He is currently appealing deportation and it was revealed the mother of his three children entered into a sham marriage with a French citizen of African origin just to stay in the UK.

Student Odia, who laundered £149,000, was deported in 2005 as an illegal overstayer after a forged passport conviction, but is now a permanent resident after marrying a UK national. He will be sentenced on February 11 so he can complete a management degree.


Some victims paid money to a bogus charity claiming to assist West African refugees, and one even paid for a non-existent U.S. Army General to ship his trunk of belongings from Afghanistan to Australia.


The criminals convinced Betty McClellan, 62,
that she had won $2.8m on the Australian lottery.
 She sent them £264,000 to 'cover tax and admin costs'



'These monies were placed in a series of bank accounts and laundered,' said prosecutor Mr. Andrew Evans. 'The fraud was carried out on an international scale’. Mrs McClellan was convinced she had won $2.8m on the Australian lottery and sent £264,000 to cover taxes and admin costs to release the win.
'When her husband discovered she had lost all of their pension savings he shot her dead and then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide,' added Mr. Evans. Their bodies were found by their son.

An Indiana farmer, believing he had a claim on a £14.9m inheritance, lost over £339,000 and a Venezuelan businessman lost £163,000 buying a mobile crane, Nwokolo and father-of-two Onuoha advertised for sale on a Spanish website.

A Bristol woman lost £312,000 chasing a £1.8m Australian lottery win and found herself arrested after paying the counterfeit £158,000 cheque the defendants sent her into her account.

Father-of-three Nwokolo even bought three 1,350 per-hour letter-folding machines to increase the volume of mail shots and his home contained lists with details of thousands of individuals and businesses.

Onuoha had a pile of 593 scam letters ready for postage when police raided the home he rented off Nwokolo and officers also found a prepared ‘script’ he used when duping victims over the phone.

'It is difficult to think of a larger advance free fraud than this', announced Judge Jeremy Gold QC.  'It is on an enormous scale.

'Thousands of emails and letters were sent out across the world promising money from non-existent relatives from inheritances or non-existence lottery wins’. 'You preyed on the naivety or generosity of people to extract large amounts of money from them with devastating effects on their personal lives.

'I regard this fraud as one that falls into the most serious category of advanced fee fraud, targeting vulnerable victims’.

Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation proceedings will follow.


Posted: at 5-12-2012 09:37 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
- ela214 at 5-12-2012 09:49 AM (9 years ago)
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igbo will kill u,ewu keep talkn thrash.umu nnem,anya ukwu adighi nma,were nu ntakiri,but nooooo.unu choro uwa nile.
GREEDINESS;FACE THE MUSIC:
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- ela214 at 5-12-2012 09:52 AM (9 years ago)
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TRIBELESS NAUTALKTHRASH:IGBO GA GBU GI:EWU;ANUOFIA:one tin is 4 sure fools like u can neva run us down,we r a chosen generation.e dey pain u say u no b igbo.
 Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue@ YEYE JOBLESS  POSTER
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- Activated at 5-12-2012 10:08 AM (9 years ago)
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All na system boys - yahoo yahoo boyz
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- chicco77 at 5-12-2012 10:13 AM (9 years ago)
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hmmmmmm na wa oh no be small money
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- arsenal123 at 5-12-2012 10:17 AM (9 years ago)
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MUMUTALKAM....MUMUTALKAM....MUMUTALKAM....HOW MANY TIMES I CALLED YOU?...
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- candela at 5-12-2012 10:19 AM (9 years ago)
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Sad killing someone for greed. Too lazy to work. No consience. God is watching. You must pay the price eventually. And the sins of the fathers shall be visited on the sons, and the son's sons, until the fourth generation.
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- stikerxxx at 5-12-2012 10:33 AM (9 years ago)
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MUGU FALL GUY MAN CHOP. no blame them
 guys them try wella.
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- aso4life1 at 5-12-2012 10:38 AM (9 years ago)
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O G A,....OOOO

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- FAILEDBIAFRA at 5-12-2012 10:43 AM (9 years ago)
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To be sincere , we Igbos love money more than our life....WE ARE TOO DESPERATE...I KNOW SOME PEOPLE WILL INSULT ME BACK BUT IT'S THE TRUTH.
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- nduka123 at 5-12-2012 10:49 AM (9 years ago)
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 Cry
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- daysix at 5-12-2012 10:54 AM (9 years ago)
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all igbos will rot in jail
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- ela214 at 5-12-2012 11:00 AM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: daysix on  5-12-2012 10:54 AM
all igbos will rot in jail
npa gi ehe ahu,u tribeless ewu,if we cheek well u no be even nigeria.
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Quote from: FAILEDBIAFRA on  5-12-2012 10:43 AM
To be sincere , we Igbos love money more than our life....WE ARE TOO DESPERATE...I KNOW SOME PEOPLE WILL INSULT ME BACK BUT IT'S THE TRUTH.

Just say you and your family love money more than life and are too desperate don't generalize
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- ela214 at 5-12-2012 11:09 AM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: FAILEDBIAFRA on  5-12-2012 10:43 AM
To be sincere , we Igbos love money more than our life....WE ARE TOO DESPERATE...I KNOW SOME PEOPLE WILL INSULT ME BACK BUT IT'S THE TRUTH.
just about ur family abeg.
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- FAILEDBIAFRA at 5-12-2012 11:14 AM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: Activated on  5-12-2012 11:07 AM
Just say you and your family love money more than life and are too desperate don't generalize
ARE YOU TELLING ME WE IGBOS HATE MONEY?  WE ARE TOO DESPERATE FOR MONEY...YOU AND I KNOW...YET WE BLAME OTHER TRIBES...WE DISGRACE NIGERIA BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD.
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Quote from: FAILEDBIAFRA on  5-12-2012 11:14 AM
ARE YOU TELLING ME WE IGBOS HATE MONEY?  WE ARE TOO DESPERATE FOR MONEY...YOU AND I KNOW...YET WE BLAME OTHER TRIBES...WE DISGRACE NIGERIA BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD.[/s]

As I said before just say you and your family love money and are too desperate to get it. I am not desperate to get it
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- Activated at 5-12-2012 11:19 AM (9 years ago)
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From your name you are even a failed state so failed shit would come out from you.
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- DMG17 at 5-12-2012 11:23 AM (9 years ago)
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IN WHATEVER WAY WE LOOK AT IT, THIS IS WRONG AND INHUMANE. RIPPING PEOPLE OFF THEIR HARD EARNED MONEY. IT IS WRONG IN THE SIGHT OF GOD AND HUMAN. NOW, THE QUESTION IS; WAS IT ALL WORTH IT IN THE END? I GUESS NOT. WHAT'S THE POINT DOING TIME IN JAIL INSTEAD OF DOING GENUINE BUSINESS TO SURVIVE? THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE DOING GENUINE BUSINESSES TO LIVE, STILL THEY DON NOT ENGAGE IN SUCH DIRTY-DEADLY ACT. IT'S A SHAME THAT YOUNG MEN WILL SPEND THEIR TIME IN JAIL. I FEEL FOR THE POOR DEAD VICTIMS. THIS IS NOT HOW TO TREAT PEOPLE.
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- arsenal123 at 5-12-2012 11:28 AM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: FAILEDBIAFRA on  5-12-2012 10:43 AM
To be sincere , we Igbos love money more than our life....WE ARE TOO DESPERATE...I KNOW SOME PEOPLE WILL INSULT ME BACK BUT IT'S THE TRUTH.

BY YOUR NAME I KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT IGBO...SO STOP DECEIVING YOURSELF..AFO ANU...
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