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Fifteen suspects charged with £12m fraud and money laundering against public and private bodies

03/09/2015

Fifteen suspects have been charged in relation to fraud and money laundering allegedly committed against public and private bodies totalling over £12m.

The alleged fraud involved the defendants contacting mainly public bodies, masquerading as legitimate construction companies contracted by them. The defendants claimed that their bank details had changed, and provided account numbers which instead belonged to companies owned or controlled by the defendants. This is known as 'divert fraud', as the payments for these construction works were being diverted to other accounts.

Clare Tripcony, specialist fraud prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service said, "I have authorised charges of conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to launder money and entering an arrangement to launder criminal property. In total, fifteen people are being charged with a variety of these offences.

"The decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute.

"They will appear at Lincoln Magistrates' Court on 4 September 2015.

"May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings will now be commenced and of the defendants' right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

Details of the charges:

CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD

Between 01 January 2011 and 31 July 2012 in the United Kingdom, you, together with Oluwatoyin Allison, Stephen Tyndale, Abdul Naeem, Mohammad Nadeem, Asif Habib, Monica Thomson, Imtiaz Khoda, and Kalpesh Patel, conspired together with Bayo Awonorin and with others to defraud public bodies and other organisations, by dishonestly inducing or seeking to induce such bodies and/or organisations to divert monies due to be paid to companies holding construction contracts with the said public bodies and/or organisations, into bank accounts which were not in fact in the name of, or under the control of, the companies entitled to received such payments contrary to Common Law.

CONSPIRACY TO LAUNDER MONEY

Between 01 January 2011 and 31 July 2012 in the United Kingdom, you, together with Oluwatoyin Allison, Stephen Tyndale, Abdul Naeem, Mohammad Nadeem, Asif Habib, Monica Thomson, Imtiaz Khoda, Kalpesh Patel, Zahid Muhammed, Yagnesh Patel, Tariq Khan, Abdul Ghaffar, and Shazia Nisa, conspired together, with Bayo Awonorin, Walter Wagbatsoma, Zia Malak and others, to convert and/or transfer criminal property knowing or intending that the same property constituted or represented, in whole or in part-directly or indirectly, his own or another person's benefit from criminal conduct contrary to section 327(1) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

MONEY LAUNDERING

Oghogho Ehanire, between 14 June 2011 and 31 December 2011 entered into, or was otherwise concerned in, an arrangement which he knew or suspected facilitated (by whatever means) the acquisition, retention, use, or control of criminal property by or on behalf of another or others, contrary to Section 328 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

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