Nigerian cyber fraudster and dr*g-dealer, Dan Aiyegbusi 23, of Eastern Boulevard, Leicester, has been jailed for 5 years in the UK for crack cocaine and cannabis supply.
He turned into sentenced on Tuesday, 28 January, at Southwark Crown Court.Sequel to a proactive investigation by means of the Met’s Cyber Crime Unit (CCU).
By June 2019, the investigative team had gathered widespread evidence against Aiyegbusi, and on 26 June 2019 he became tracked to an cope with in Luton, in which he turned into arrested.
When officers searched the belongings and a vehicle, massive amounts of hashish as well as electronic devices, which contained incriminating evidence of Aiyegbusi’s crimes have been recovered, similarly to a big wide variety of black plastic tubes that also contained hashish.
Evidence recovered through the Met’s CCU indicated that Aiyegbusi turned into involved in the organised supply of cannabis and e-nail products, which caused him pleading responsible to an indictment of ownership with intent to deliver elegance B drugs (hashish).
He was taken into custody and became charged later that date (26 June) with 8 counts of cash laundering, all of which associated with monies obtained from cyber-associated fraud dedicated against participants of the public who had on-line bank accounts, ownership with purpose to deliver Class A drugs (cocaine from the Essex investigation) and possession with cause to deliver elegance B drugs (hashish).
When he became in custody and Met officials had been investigating him for the cyber-crime offences, they were capable to gain get entry to to other cellular telephones controlled by him, which contained proof to illustrate his involvement within the county lines deliver of Class A drugs.
During the trial, the court docket heard that previous to his arrest by the Met’s Cyber Crime Unit for the cash laundering offences, Aiyegbusi were stopped by officials from Essex Police in Colchester and discovered to be in ownership of forty nine rocks of crack cocaine.
The Nigeria fraudster to start with pleaded responsible to five separate counts of cash laundering, totalling £41,150; ownership with motive to supply Class A drugs (crack cocaine) and Class B drugs (cannabis).
Dan Aiyegbusi had admitted to by no means operating an afternoon in his life and colluded with organised hackers in the UK and internationally to launder stolen money.
The court docket in addition heard that during April 2018, a Facebook account changed into identified within the name of ‘Miyuwa Oluwafemi’ – which changed into a pseudonym used by Aiyegbusi.
The Facebook account become getting used to put it on the market compromised online bank money owed, with the username and password regularly having been obtained through cyber-based crime such as ‘phishing’.
From Indication, the Facebook account changed into opened in 2015 and contained requests for banks accounts or credit / debit playing cards to be used in fraud. The Facebook profile contained pix of compromised on-line financial institution bills being emptied of funds, plus movies of cash, expensive watches and cars.
Aiyegbusi might use these posts to attract other people to provide use of their bank account to him, which he could use as ‘mule’ bills to acquire and cash-out the proceeds of his online fraud operation.
Other Facebook postings from Aiyegbusi advertised the ‘cashing out’ of online banking fraud. The Facebook account became recognized via the Cyber Defence Alliance (CDA) in 2018, who subsequently provided intelligence about the hobby to the Cyber Crime Unit.
Detective Inspector Phil McInerney, from the Met’s Central Specialist Crime – Cyber Crime Unit, said:
“Aiyegbusi didn’t have a care in the international as he stole people’s hard-earned cash and then flaunted it all over social media to reinforce his ego and brag approximately it.
Aiyegbusi admitted in courtroom that he had in no way worked an afternoon in his life, as an alternative acquiring large sums of cash from harmless members of the public, through big-scale cyber-enabled fraud devoted across the United Kingdom banking region.
I would like to thank our partners within the banking area and the Cyber Defence Alliance for their assist and assistance for the duration of this investigation.”
One of Aiygebusi’s victims, who is 80 years old, said: “I was so thrilled to hear the good news, because it has prompted me and my husband a lot of stress and worry.
“I might get hold of numerous smartphone calls from a person purporting to be from a phone employer saying there’s a fault. I’ve been too scared to answer the telephone in case the same thing occurs again.”