UK P&I Club has reported on convictions in a case where false invoices were sent to a shipping company. In May 2015 Signum Services was asked to investigate an internet based payment diversion fraud concerning a ship owner who had been duped into paying a large sum of money into a fraudster’s bank account in Birmingham. Evidence identifying those involved was eventually passed to West Midlands Police.
On May 17th 2017 Adebayo Apanpa and Gerald Akubude appeared at Birmingham Crown Court and pleaded guilty to money laundering offences. In May 2015 Apanpa had allowed £18,000 to be paid into his bank account, knowing it to be fraudulently obtained. The money was disseminated to a series of other bank accounts before it was withdrawn as cash. He gave full access to organised criminals who coordinated the fraud. Gerald Akubude was key in orchestrating the scam.
Both men will be sentenced on 14th June 2017.