UK Cybercrime Ring Sentenced

Friday, April 25, 2014 @ 03:04 PM gHale

Nine members of a cybercrime group responsible for stealing $2.1 million from bank accounts received sentences totaling 24 years and 9 months by the United Kingdom’s Southwark Crown Court.

The group used KMW (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) switches to transfer money from bank accounts at Barclays and Santander. They also made fraudulent purchases with payment cards obtained after intercepting or stealing around one million letters.

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They used the cards to purchase expensive watches, jewelry and other high-value items worth more than $1.68 million, court officials said.

Lanre Mullins-Abudu, 25, received eight years in prison for one count of conspiracy to commit fraud, two counts of conspiracy to steal and one count of possession of articles for use in fraud. Steven Hannah, 53, got 5 years and 10 months in prison for conspiracy to commit fraud and possession of drugs with intent to supply.

The list also includes Tony Colston-Hayter (5 years and 6 months in prison), Darius Valentin Boldor (2 years and 6 months in prison), Dean Outram (3 years in prison), Segun Ogunfidodo (9 months suspended, community work and tag-monitored curfew), Adam Raeburn Jefferson (1 year and 9 months suspended and tag-monitored curfew for 6 months), and Dola Leroy Oduns (9 months suspended, community work and curfew).

James Lewis Murphy received six months in prison, but he has already served his sentence while in custody.

“Today’s convictions are the culmination of a long and highly complex investigation into an organized crime group whose aim was to steal millions of pounds from London banks and credit card companies,” said Detective Chief Inspector Jason Tunn, of the MPS Cyber Crime Unit.

“Through working with industry partners such as Santander and Barclays, whose efforts in assisting us were immense, we have been able to bring this group to justice,” he said.

“This case demonstrates the sheer investigative skill we are able to apply to tackling cyber crime, as we continue working to keep London people and businesses safe from cyber criminals. We are determined to make London a hostile place for cyber criminals and not allow the Internet to be a hiding place for those who defraud people in the capital,” Tunn said.

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