Nigeria’s Adeola Thomas and Partner tried to claim £3.8m in ‘eye watering’ benefits scam using 1,400 identities

DailyMail UK: Adeola Thomas, 38, assisted by his partner, Abimbola Abiola, 34, secured £87,000 from fraudulent claims totalling £3.8million over four years

Adeola Thomas, was jailed for seven years

Thomas used 1,400 stolen identities to complete 2,495 handwritten tax and benefits claims forms
HMRC suspicions were raised when he used the same address for all the claims
Thomas, an illegal immigrant, was jailed for seven years while Abiola, also a Nigerian national with leave to remain in the UK, received two-and-a-half years

A Nigerian couple who tried to claim £3.8million in an ‘eye-watering’ benefits scam using 1,400 stolen identities have been jailed for a total of almost 10 years.
Adeola Thomas, 38, assisted by his partner, Abimbola Abiola, 34, managed to pocket £87,000 after submitting almost 2,500 handwritten applications for tax credits and benefits.
The pair spent the money on designer clothing and electrical items including a 50-inch plasma television.

But the fraud was discovered when benefits staff noticed the same address was being used for multiple claims, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
Thomas, an illegal immigrant, was jailed for seven years while Abiola, also a Nigerian national with leave to remain in the UK, received two-and-a-half years.
Passing sentence, Judge William Kennedy said: ‘This was no less than a criminal industry, with simple and eye watering criminality designed to maximise the loss to the public.
‘It was a difficult investigation carried out with skill and tenacity.
‘The largest single joint conspiracy [of its kind] for these departments and the actual loss was kept down because of the work of both departments.’

Abimbola Abiola, was locked up for two-and-a-half years for charges relating to identity theft, tax and benefits fraud

Judge Kennedy also indicated that both Thomas and Abiola should be deported at the end of their prison terms.
The pair, who carried out the scam between January 3, 2007 and October 7, 2011, tried to claim £827,000 from HMRC, securing £43,000.
They also claimed £3 million from the Department of Work and Pensions and received £44,000.
With Abiola’s help, Thomas used stolen personal details to complete 2,495 handwritten application forms, which were sent to the appropriate departments for processing.

It is believed that others unknown to investigators, also provided postal addresses and assisted with correspondence.
When the claims were successful, the pair withdrew cash from acquaintances’ bank accounts or from bogus post office accounts that Thomas, who masterminded the scam, had set up.
As well as analysing tax credit records, computer systems, hand written application forms and bank account details and listening to hours of recorded phones calls to the Tax Credit Helpline, HMRC investigators viewed CCTV footage showing activity outside various North London Post Office ATMs and carried out surveillance on Thomas.
He was arrested outside a cash point at Upper Clacton Post Office in Hackney, east London last October 7 where he was found to be in possession of 17 Post Office accounts.

He also had two mobile phones and two fraudulently completed application forms addressed to Job Centre Plus.
Abiola, a mother-of-one, was caught on the same day with £4,125 cash in her handbag, which she claimed was child benefit payment.
Thomas, of Hackney, east London, admitted three counts of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering.
Abiola, of the same address was found guilty of four counts of conspiracy to defraud, money laundering and possession of criminal property following a trial at the court in August.

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  1. Today is Nigeria!
    Tomorrow, who knows which country is yet to be born?

    Today is Nigeria!
    Yesterday, and the day before yesterday,
    Britain and her subordinates were in labour, and very pregnant to deliver another
    Pre-mature baby called Nigeria (he laughs lols)

    Well, the pre-mature baby grew so big in size
    Yet, it doesn’t even know the size of her pants, and her children any more.
    What’s my name? One of the children asked her.

    I don’t know she answered. I only knew my grandson was bribery, and my granddaughter is 419, my nephews were dictators, and government embezzlers into Swiss accounts and foreign denominations (lols)
    Even the current baby boomer known as ‘Boko Haram’ is yet to go to sleep lols

    Rough days came, and brighter days shinned
    When real patriots carried her on their shoulders
    They shared ideas of how to nurture this baby to maturity.
    We miss all those days!

    But, tribal differences, fool blooded hatred of each other
    Among the south, North, East and West have made this baby
    Become obsolete, indifferent, and lacking wisdom of the patriots
    He laughs once again!

    Today is Nigeria born? October 1, 1960’s Independence Day celebration
    Well, some kid was crying for Nigeria today, while praying for God to help
    More than 160 million people to get real freedom, peace, economic
    , social and political freedom, each to each; and, not just for the rich only

    Nigeria is blessed with so much
    Yet, yet! Yet! Yet! We cry
    Time for absolute re-think of how to get that country into paradise
    God help Nigeria!

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