Man Who Targets UK Revenue Agency Bags 6 Months Jail for Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, secured the conviction and sentencing of one Amunikoro Oludare Olawale to 6 months imprisonment for identity theft and impersonation before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

Investigation by the EFCC into Olawale’s criminal activities had begun following a complaint received by the Commission from one S. Hawkins, who is resident in the United Kingdom (UK).

Hawkins, using the EFCC online reporting mobile application: The Eagle Eye App, had reported that Olawale used her name to commit fraud with Her Majesty Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the UK.

Olawale, was subsequently arrested by operatives of the Commission on November 22, 2021, and arraigned on January 31, 2022.

During his arraignment, he pleaded “guilty” to the charge preferred against him.

In view of his plea, Justice Taiwo convicted him accordingly and sentenced him to 6 months in prison, with an option of N250, 000 fine. 

Items recovered from him were also ordered forfeited to the Federal Government.

Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media and Publicity, signed the statement on behalf of the Commission.

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