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Abbey Wood care worker jailed after conning online victims to hand over cash
AN ABBEY Wood care worker has been jailed after “preying” on online victims and duping them into parting with thousands of pounds.
Dare Adejugbe, of Basildon Road, used inheritance scams, offers of romantic relationships and accommodation during the Olympics to trick his victims into paying cash into his bank account.
The 41-year-old was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on September 9 to five years in prison for two counts of acquiring criminal property and one count of transferring criminal property.
One American widow was left bankrupt after being conned by Adejugbe into believing she had a multi-million dollar inheritance and paying around £10,000 to secure the windfall.
Police traced £320,000 paid into the fraudster's bank account between December 2011 and August 2012 from victims who thought they were helping a romantic partner online.
Detective Superintendent Nick Downing, of the Met's specialist crime and operational command, said: "This conviction and sentence of five years imprisonment of Dare Adejugbe sends a strong message to those people who believe that they can prey on the vulnerable whilst hiding in the shadows of the online world.
"Mr Adejugbe, along with others, used several methods to hook the victims, firstly using the guise of inheritance scams, asking victims to put that the money was for accommodation in and around the Olympic Stadium during the London 2012 Olympics to avoid suspicion by the banks, secondly the offer of a romantic relationship where funds were later requested.”
He added: "Through detailed and professional liaison with the victims and our overseas law enforcement partners, we were able to secure these convictions and place Mr Adejugbe behind bars."
Adejugbe was charged on April 30 and pleaded guilty to all three counts.
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