Three Nigerian men have swelled the rank of prisoners of the country's extraction after they were nabbed for using names of dead children to steal from the British government.
Three Nigerian fraudsters, Rasaq Omotunde, Saheed Oyeneye and Oluwakemi Adesaogun, have been sentenced to 16 years in jail each for setting up a bogus HMRC accounts using more than 200 names of dead children, to steal more than 1 million pounds, (about N303 million), from the British government.
The Daily Mail reports that the trio who stay in south east London, after setting up hundreds of the bogus accounts, then filed fake tax repayment applications online under false names, 'before using their names to bombard the government with tax repayment applications', to steal from public purse.
They also adopted the identities of sports personalities, including cricketers and rugby union stars, by scouring the Internet for their personal details and cobbling together a fake profile.
When their homes were searched, investigators discovered the personal details of more than 200 dead children were stored on computers, the Southwark Crown Court heard.
At the peak of the fraud, the men were using more than 20 Internet cafes to register up to 301 new accounts a day.