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
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.