Nigerian ‘Most wanted’fraudster 44-year-old Bayo Awonorin, was on Friday remanded in custody at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on 15 October. Awonorin faces two charges of conspiring with others to defraud public institutions and to convert criminal propert
Bayo Lawrence Anoworin,was declared wanted by the Lincolnshire police over an alleged scam by a gang that stole more than £12 million from NHS trusts in the UK and Guernsey between January 2011 and July 2012, has been extradited from the United States to United Kingdom.
Bayo who was remanded in custody at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court and will be appearing at Lincoln Crown Court on 15 October, faces two charges of conspiring with others to defraud public institutions and to convert criminal property.
Bayo Lawrence Anoworin, who hails from Lagos was first arrested in November 2012, but he disappeared into thin air after being granted bail. The other Nigerian who made the most wanted fraudster list is Alexia Thomas, a 43-year-old female, who allegedly “supplied false immigration documents to people wanting to become British citizens”.
Awonorin, previously from Bexley, London, had been the subject of a BBC Crimewatch appeal and the National Crime Agency’s 10 most wanted fraudster’s campaign in 2016. Lincolnshire Police said he had been a wanted man since 2013 in connection with an investigation called Operation Tarlac. He was traced by officers from the Economic Crime Unit to the US and later extradited, the force added.
Bayo Awonorin, a man who appeared in the National Crime Agency’s ‘most wanted fraudsters’ appeal has appeared in court after being extradited from the US.
The Director of the NCA’s Economic Crime Command, Donald Toon, in a statement, said:
“The annual losses to the UK from fraud are estimated to be more than £190bn. Behind this headline figure lies the actions of criminals like the wanted fraudsters highlighted in this appeal, who have caused distress and loss to people and businesses up and down the country.
It is important that anyone able to provide information on the 10 fraudsters we are highlighting today takes the opportunity to pass that information to law enforcement to help bring them to justice.”