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Wealthy women in the US were persuaded by confidence tricksters to transfer hundreds of thousands of pounds to UK bank s to pay for bogus operations on sick children and other scams, a court heard. The four women were befriended on dating websites on the internet and then fed 'sob stories' to get them to part with their cash. The gang of two Norwich men and one Sporle woman appeared for sentencing at Norwich Crown Court yesterday. Edeowede Omozokpia, 27, from Horn Pie Road, was jailed for 24 months, after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to six counts of money laundering.
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Marian Oderinde, 57, from Priory Close, was jailed for 15 months after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to four counts of money laundering. And Akinleye Oderinde, 28, from Caddow Road, who appeared via videolink from Norwich prison, was jailed for eight months, after being found guilty at trial of one count of money laundering.
The court heard that Mrs Oderinde had been a legal executive for 20 years and had undergone money laundering training in her job. When Omozokpia first arrived in the UK, Mrs Oderinde was his landlady, and they formed an emotional relationship. He introduced her to Oderinde, whom she married. In sentencing them, Judge Stephen Holt said: 'Various wealthy people were befriended over the internet.
You gained their trust and they were persuaded to part with their cash. Sob stories were given to them about sick children, and how money was needed to treat them.
Individuals in the US believed these stories, and transferred the money through various s. This is a despicable form of fraud, pulling on the heartstrings of vulnerable women. Richard Kelly, for Omozokpia, said he was an educated man. Chris Toms, for Mrs Oderinde, said she was now financially destitute and utterly ruined.
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