Canning Town civil servant faces jail in �1m scam
AN OFFICIAL from Canning Town in the Government’s Works and Pensions Department played a “key role” in a �1.3m tax credit scam.
Olajumkoke Ademuyiwa, 42, of Tarling Road, had payroll records for hundreds of workers at major �companies. Their names and personal details were used to make false tax credit claims and set up 150 bank accounts to accept payment and launder the cash over a four year period, the court was told.
Jonathan Kinnear, prosecuting, said Ademuyiwa and other Nigerians were part of a “sophisticated and organised criminal gang which cheated the Revenue, and by extension the UK taxpayer”.
He said fraudsters hijacked the identities of �ordinary working people for large employers such as BHP �Billiton, a major mining company, and the Walt �Disney Corporation.
How they obtained the records is not known.
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Olaide Taiwo, 35 from Peckham Rye, south east London was the ring leader, it was alleged. He was jailed for eight-and-a-half years at Inner London Crown Court. Ademuyiwa was remanded in custody ahead of �sentencing on April 4. Both denied cheating the public revenue and facilitating the acquisition, use or control of criminal �property, between June 1, 2004 and July 16, 2008. They were found guilty but cleared of money laundering.
A second woman, Omolola Samuel, 44, from Peckham, south east London, denied the same charges and jurors failed to reach verdicts. The prosecution said a retrial would not be in the public interest.
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Ajayi Oluyemi, Taiwo’s brother, evaded arrest on July 16, 2008 and remains wanted.