Jeffrey Ometaghogoho Obule, 35 (10/02/1980) from Carnarvorn Road, Bournemouth who pleaded guilty in September was sentenced to nine months suspended for 18 months with 150 hours community service. The activities of both men were discovered in February 2013 after a victim of an advance fee fraud made a report to the City of London Police.
It transpired that Otite had supplied a fake UK passport to an unknown fraudster who used the passport to dupe the victim out of 142,000 Euros. Advance free fraud is when fraudsters target victims to make advance or upfront payments for goods, services and/or financial gains that do not materialise. Investigating officers found emails with both men in regular discussion about the production of fraudulent passports and fake documents including the fake UK passport used by the unknown fraudster.
Obule would regularly send a list of fictitious names and photos from the Bournemouth area to Otite so he could create fake passports and utility bills to be used fraudulently. Each fake document would cost in the region of £50. Other evidence was gathered from laptops, computer devices and mobile phones which included an email exchange with a woman sent to Otite requesting a fake payslip so she could take out a tenancy agreement. The nurse was issued with a police caution on 1 August 2014 after admitting to the offence. City of London Police Detective Constable Brendan Kennedy said , “For many years, Otite and Obule thought they could hide behind anonymous email accounts to create false identities and supply criminals with fake documents so that they can defraud innocent people out of money or open up bank accounts.
The overwhelming evidence showed that Otite had been producing documents for four years but despite this, he decided not to plead guilty and instead went to trial and has now been found guilty and convicted. "I hope today’s conviction sends out a clear message to those people who engage in this type of criminality. We will use every means available to bring them to justice and protect the public from their actions."
Source: City of London Police.