A romance fraudster has admitted scamming £10,000 out of a woman he had 10-month relationship with.
Osagie Aigbonohan, 40, of Abbey Wood, used dating and social media sites to contact women under the name ‘Tony Eden’.
Aigbonohan carried on a 10-month relationship with one of his victims last year and persuaded her to lend him money to buy machinery for his business overseas.
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Nine transfers were made to different accounts under fake names with money also deposited into Aigbonohan’s personal account which was used for everyday spending.
An investigation uncovered that Aigbonohan had contacted more than 670 people with eight victims transferring money to him.
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A woman who was terminally ill continued to receive messages from Aignonohan after she had passed away.
He was arrested in July 2021 and was found to be in possession of a fake driving licence with no legal right to be in the UK after overstaying his visa for two years.
Police uncovered footwear of his Abbey Wood address which was purchased using store vouchers given by one of the victims.
Appearing at Southwark Crown Court on December 3, Aigbonohan plead guilty to fraud and money laundering.
Dominic Mugan, National Crime Agency Operations Manager, said: “Romance fraud is a particularly cruel crime that impacts victims both emotionally and financially, with victims often feeling like they’re the ones to blame.
“Aigbonohan showed total disregard for the victims in this case and was happy to commit further fraud by moving money between various fraudulently held accounts.
“It’s possible that he contacted more people than we know about, if you think you may have been a victim, or may be a victim in a similar case, we would urge you to report the details to Action Fraud.”
Aigbonohan will remain in custody until January 14, 2022, when he will be sentenced.
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