Norwich man facing prison for scamming US widows and divorcees

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A Norfolk trio coaxed thousands of pounds out of an American woman in a complex internet dating scam, a court has heard.

Akinleye Oderinde, his wife Marian Oderinde and Edowede Omozokpia preyed on American widows and divorcees, building up their trust over several months before claiming they needed cash to pay for treatment for a supposed sick child.

However, the trio now face a possible jail term after one of their victims came forward after being conned into handing over $25,000 (roughly £15,000).

Prosecution at Norwich Crown Court believe they were involved in a wider scam which had managed to con its victims of a total of around £650,000.

Akinleye Oderinde, 28, formerly of Telegraph Lane East in the Thorpe Hamlet area of Norwich and now of no fixed abode, was yesterday found guilty by a jury of money laundering.

Marian Oderinde, 56, of Priory Close in Sporle, near Swaffham, had previously pleaded guilty to money laundering, as had 27-year-old Omozokpia, of Horn Pie Road in the Bowthorpe area of Norwich.

All three will return to the court on Wednesday, October 16 to be sentenced, with Judge Stephen Holt warning Oderinde that he was facing a likely prison sentence as part of a wider scam. The jury had heard how Oderinde, a former business student at the University of East Anglia, was charged with money laundering on January 25, 2011 after he converted $25,000 dollars from one of his victims.

David Wilson, prosecuting, alleged £15,232 was the cash which one of the American victims had sent to a man she believed was John Aldephos, who she met on a dating website in December 2009.

It was said he told her his wallet was stolen and then he said he had a sick child who was in hospital and did not have the cash for treatment, so she took out a loan for $25,000 and it then arrived in Oderinde's bank account.

Akinleye Oderinde claimed the cash was for a car he sold, saying he was involved in a business buying cars in the US and exporting them to Nigeria.

But Judge Holt said: He asked for more and when she said no, he became abusive and she stopped corresponding with him.

Speaking after the verdict, Det Con Laurie Appleton, who spearheaded Norfolk Constabulary's investigation, which included working with the London branch of the FBI, said there were likely to be more victims of the trios scam.

He added: The victims in America are either divorcees or widows. They were going on to dating websites looking, for want of a better word, a husband.

Then on the dating sites the photos supposedly of the scammers would be of good looking white men of about the same age.

They would say they were living in America but working in Scotland in the oil industry and had been working there a couple of years and were due to be going back to America when the contract finished. They would say they were expecting a really hefty pay-off of between three quarters of a million and a million dollars.

They would contact them for between four and six weeks and would almost always pose as being widowed as well. Then they would introduce a seven or eight-year-old child.

Then disaster would strike and the child would have to go to hospital and they would need about $25,000 because they are foreign nationals and have to pay.

Of course the American women didn't know that isn't how it works here and came up with the money.

DC Appleton said he communicated with six US women but only one had reported the scam to authorities, although four had realised what had happened but tried to move on with their lives.

He said he had a tough job persuading two of the women of what had happened and offered simple advice for people unsure of who they can trust on the internet, adding: What they should do, quite honestly, is only speak to people they can see on a webcam and then if they won't, don't speak to them.

One of these women had asked them to set up a webcam but they kept coming up with excuses for why they couldn't.

Judge Holt decided not to grant bail to Akinleye Oderinde, despite the other two people connected to the case being granted it, as he felt there was a "substantial risk" that he would try to flee the country.

This came after Oderinde had gone missing from the case for around 40 minutes last Friday, after being asked to surrender his passport.

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/norwich_man_facing_prison_for_role_in_scamming_us_widows_and_divorcees_on_internet_dating_websites_1_2346407
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by David Freezer
 

Akinleye

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I had been a fool. I am sorry. Because of me, you had to write an article. Since then, four years have passed, I started a new life and moved to Russia. Here I found a new life, found the girl fell in love got a job. But the wound on the heart of my crimes was left, and I can not forgive myself for what I did wrong.
I really beg you, I implore you - daring his post on the site. I beg you, I want to start with a clean slate, and earn an honest way. I beg beg prowess.
Since the publication of four years have passed, nobody cares about the article (except me)
I beg daring article. I want to live as a normal and honest man.
 

Akinleye

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[QUOTE = "Spanish Administrator, должность: 306833, член: 7"]? Если бы ваша запись полиции вычеркнут еще спариваться [/ QUOTE]
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De Master Yoda

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@Akinleye. The first part of contrition is restitution. Please show us some proof that you have payed back the money you stole to your innocent victims.

You say you want a new life, how about the lives you ruined, they deserve to be reimbursed for the money you scammed them out of.

Strange you say you found a new girlfriend, so what happened to your wife Marian Oderinde nee Marian Hardy (also known under her married name as Marian Oderinde).?

Show us positive proof that you paid back the money and I will discuss removing the posts with the other staff members.

I am talking about the total amount of money you stole.

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/crime/three_norfolk_defendants_ordered_to_pay_back_a_total_of_more_than_120_000_to_us_women_duped_on_dating_website_1_3373322

Three Norfolk people involved in money laundering hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cash, which was sent to UK bank accounts after wealthy women in the United States were duped into sending money for scams, have been ordered to pay back a total of more than £120,000 or face further time in jail.

The three defendants were all jailed for money laundering in December, last year, with Edeowede Omozokpia, 27, from Horn Pie Road, Norwich, receiving 24 months, Marian Oderinde, 57, from Priory Close, Sporle, was jailed for 15 months and Akinleye Oderinde, 28, from Caddow Road, Norwich, was jailed for eight months.

Both Omozokpia and Marian Oderinde were said to have made a benefit figure from the scam of more then £300,000 after the women in the US were befriended on dating websites on the internet and then fed “sob” stories to get them to part with their cash, such as money being needed to pay for an operation for a sick child.

Akinleye Oderinde, was said to have benefited about £101,000 from the fraud.

The three were back at Norwich Crown Court for a confiscation hearing and Omozokpia was ordered to pay £119, 274 or face 26 months in default of payment.

David Wilson, prosecuting, said that most of this cash was held in bank accounts of Omozokpia, which had restraining orders on them.

Marian Oderinde, was ordered to pay £3775 or face a further two months in jail and Akinleye Oderinde was ordered to pay £10,800 or serve a further six months in jail.

Judge Stephen Holt ordered that the cash be paid as compensation, which would be split between the victims in the US.

At the earlier sentencing hearing Judge Holt had told them that it had been a “despicable form of fraud, pulling on the heartstrings of vulnerable women.”
 

Kat

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Did you flunk out of Yahoozee School? Didn't your oga explain the rules of "the game" to you? You think you can walk away from this? This isn't a fender bender, it's a felony.

So to help convince us to believe you the first thing you do is to lie to us.
I like it when people lie to us. It means they just gave us their permission to pay more attention to them, re-investigate them, and tear them to shreds.
 
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