Thursday, February 26, 2009

Nigerian jailed for scamming banks out of over €13,000

A Nigerian tailor living in Meath who scammed financial institutions out of over €13,000 by opening fraudulent bank accounts and using them to make purchases has been jailed for 18 months at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Idris Akinlabi (aged 34), a strict Muslim and father of three, who has loans with several banks is unable to offer compensation partly because his wife’s Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, last year cost the indebted family a further €2,500.

Akinlabi, with an address at Moatville Estate, Athboy pleaded guilty to sample counts from a total of 17 charges which include: using false information to open current and credit accounts, using the accounts to make purchases and lodging falsified cheques and bank drafts at several institutions between January and September 2004.

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