Eleanor Mawrey successfully prosecuted Okwudili Chinze and Ahmed Otun for their role in a conspiracy to commit frauds targeted at small firms and charities. The frauds were committed by the sending of cloned emails purporting to be from a person in a position of trust asking for money to be transferred. The recipients believing the email to be genuine transferred money, often large sums, into bank accounts controlled by the defendants, who were also convicted of entering into a money laundering arrangement. The pair were sentenced at Kingston Crown Court last week; Ahmed Otun was jailed for 4 years, and Okwudili Chinze for 2 years 8 months. They were also disqualified from acting as a director of a company for 10 years. HHJ Coello when sentencing called the defendants “dishonest rogues, motivated by sheer greed” and reflected on the “dreadful impact” on the victims.
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