A YouTube video fronted by Abifade of the surprise gift to his Mum last year was his undoing that identified the car as proceed of the crime and thus had it confiscated from his Mum and auctioned to pay back the victims of his crime.
In the video, Mum is seen dumfounded and later singing praise to God for the gift unknown to her that the gift would be seized and auctioned few months after.
Fraud investigators at HSBC spotted the crime and passed the case to the dedicated card and payment crime unit (DCPCU) to investigate. Police were able to analyse when and where the calls were made to identify the phones used and from there, the perpetrators.
An Inner London Crown Court heard how Victor Oke, 39, of Galleons Drive, Barking, used stolen data provided by Desmond Uyiosa Abifade, 25, of Henniker Road, Stratford, to falsely impersonate company directors via telephone banking.
Once Oke gained access, he diverted funds to ‘mule’ beneficiary accounts monitored by Moses Kuye, 28, of Connaught Road, Silvertown.
Melinda Mensah-Oke, 37, also of Galleons Drive, impersonated company directors when a female voice was necessary, while Arinola Kuye, 27, also of Connaught Road, acted as the group’s money launderer.
All five were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, though they pleaded not guilty.
Oke was sentenced to four years in prison, while Moses Kuye was jailed for three years and three months. Mensah-Oke received a fourteen month suspended sentence and Abifade a two year suspended sentence.
Arinola Kuye was given a 12 month community order and instructed to complete 50 hours of unpaid work.
All losses were refunded to the genuine business account holders.