An asylum seeker and his brother-in-law have been jailed after conning dating app users and lottery winners out of millions of pounds.
Asylum seeker Emmanuel Adanemhen (left) and brother-in-law Eduwu Obasuyi jailed for fraud
Emmanuel Adnemhen, 50, and Eduwu Obasuyi, 40, were put behind bars for more than 14 years for their part in the sophisticated swindle across 55 countries which is estimated to have taken a staggering £25 million.
Adanemhen used the identity of a dead Portuguese man, changing his name by deed poll and driving license when he arrived in the UK as an asylum seeker in 1998.
Assuming his fake identity, he set up bank accounts to launder funds from the fraud scheme which included lottery wins, dating sites, false inheritance and shipping funds.
Police found the pair had moved more than £4 million they had stolen from victims in countries from Germany to USA, through bogus accounts.
An elderly victim from Florida was haggled out of £1.9 million ($2.9 million) as part of the scheme.
Obasuyi, of Friern Road, East Dulwich, London, was arrest as he was about to board a plan from London to Lagos, Nigeria.
Adanemhen pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to enter into a money laundering agreement and three counts of fraud against the Home Office and the DVLA in respect of fake documents.
He was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.
Obasuyi also pleaded guilty of conspiracy to enter into a money laundering agreement
He was sentenced to seven years behind bars.
Detective Constable Paul Walker, from the Kent and Essex police, said: “This was a highly sophisticated criminal enterprise with Emmanuel Adanemhen and Eduwu Obasuyi at the heart of operations.
“They were undoubtedly highly placed and trusted individuals, handling and moving millions of pounds obtained through devastating and cruel frauds played out on sometimes very elderly and vulnerable people.”