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Pair from Dagenham sentenced for cyber crime spree

Oluwaseun Ajayi and Inga Irbe were sentenced on Friday

A man and woman from Dagenham have been sentenced following a cyber crime spree that saw 700 bank accounts and mobile phones compromised.

Oluwaseun Ajayi, 39, and Inga Irbe, 49, both of Orchard Road, committed the offences between February 2012 and May 2018.

They applied for bank accounts, loans and credit cards in customer names without the victims’ knowledge.

The pair also placed orders for phone upgrades on other people’s account, with that fraud exceeding £12,000.

Detective Inspector Gary Myers, from the Met’s Cyber Crime Unit, said: “Ajayi and Irbe committed these offences in a manner that demonstrated a lot of pre-planning and deception, however they were not able to deceive officers who carried out a full, thorough and committed investigation which has brought these two criminals to justice.

“Whilst cyber-crime can often be complex and investigations take a number of months, officers from the Met will not relent in pursuing those that hide behind their keyboards to steal other people’s money and make their lives a misery.”

Police raided their home in Orchard Road in November 2016 and arrested them and seized a number of items.

The pair were later charged and bailed but, while awaiting trial, police raided the address again in September 2018.

They were arrested again with more items, including phones and laptops, taken from them.

Ajayi and Irbe went on trial at Croydon Crown Court and were found guilty in November 2019 of two counts of conspiracy to defraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

Mr Ajayi was also convicted for failing to disclose the PIN code to his phone.

On Friday, they appeared at the same court for sentencing.

Irbe was given a 12-month community order and ordered to carry out 170 hours of unpaid work.

Ajayi was sentenced to five years and six months’ imprisonment.

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