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IT worker jailed for stealing tax credits

Fraud syndicate used stolen identities to claim £1.3m worth of tax credits

An IT tax office worker who stole the identities of 1029 people and sold them
to a fraud syndicate has been jailed.

Twenty-eight-year old Mobolaji Olayinka tapped into the Inland Revenue
computer and searched for taxpayers entitled to credits they had not yet
claimed, and sold it to a criminal gang who in turn claimed £1.3m.

A court heard that Olayinka handed over the names, addresses, dates of birth
and national insurance numbers of taxpayers to the gang, The Mirror
reported.

The fraudulently-claimed £1.3m was laundered through Nigeria and the US, and
not yet been recovered. The gang has also not yet been traced.

Olayinka will serve a four-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

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