In London, Nigerian Gospel Artiste Jailed For Defrauding Online Lovers Of £120,000

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NIGERIAN gospel singer, Oluwamayowa Ajayi, who fleeced four American women he
met on the internet dating site, Match.com, of over £120,000  was 
jailed for six and a half years on Friday evening  at Snakesbrook Crown
Court in East London.
Ajayi,
31,  who is an overstayer  in Britain, looked blank and and showed no
outward emotions  as he was handed the sentence. As if resigned to fate,
he walked sheepishly behind one of the two female security guards who led 
him out of Courtroom 20, where his fate was sealed .

About
a minute earlier, Judge Sarah Paneth told him, “I’m sentencing you to six and a
half years. You may now go down – a technical term for jail. “

Ajayi,
who performs under the stage name,  “Malo Joe“ pretended to be an American
fighter pilot , a grieving widower and an oil executive to the women  he
fleeced before the long arms of the law caught up with him.
Prior
to his sentencing that evening, both the crown prosecutor and his defence
counsel spent close to two hours making last minute submissions to the Judge.
While
the crown prosecutor summed up his argument stating how Ajayi lived off the
women by lying -among others, in one instance – that he had been held hostage
by Niger Delta militants and therefore, his captors needed some ransom before he
could be released, otherwise, they would kill him,  his defence lawyer,
John Femi -Ola  pleaded with  the court: “don’t crush him so that he
can have the opportunity to  do something useful with his life ,” after
his term. Femi-Ola also told the Judge that “this is his first time.”
Despite
the pleas for mercy, it was inevitable that he would be caged. After listening
to the pleas from both sides, the Judge took a 20- minute break at 3.40p.m. and
when the court re-convened at 4.00p.m., she took about 40 minutes to read her
sentencing notes, detailing the seven- count charge that Ajayi had been found
guilty off by the jury who had found him guilty four days earlier.
In
one instance, she tricked  and lied to one of his victims who parted with
over $100, 000, that he was a businessman who was short of cash and therefore,
needed a loan.  The woman used some of the money on her credit card and
also borrowed from family members to raise the funds.
In
another, Ajayi claimed he was in the hands of Niger Delta militants and they
would kill him within 20 hours if the woman didn’t do anything about the ransom
they asked her to pay.  She hurriedly sent $500 through Moneygram to
Nigeria, where he then cashed the money.
According
to the Judge, “all the four women were embarrassed” when each discovered they
were dealing with a con man and not someone who loved them and was in a
relationship. Of course, none knew about the other until detectives contacted
them after his arrest.
The
Judge told him,” you defrauded women of the sums the women cannot afford to
lose.”
Ajayi,
the Judge noted, would have continued preying on more innocent women had the
arms of the law not caught up with him. As the Judge read her notes, his well
wishers, numbering about seven, gasped and he looked resigned to his imminent
fate  before  the curtained fell on his fraudulent life at 4.40p.m.,
when the judge told him, “I’m sentencing you to six and a half years. You may
now go down.” The court guards wasted no time in sandwiching him between themselves
as they led him out of the courtroom.
Although
it’s not certain if he will be deported after his term, but  Ajayi,
who  initially  came to the United Kingdom (UK) on a six month visa
in 2004, overstayed. He then left and on his return to the UK,  falsely
obtained a driver’s licence using the name of a Portuguese man who had died in
2004. This, the Judge noted, showed that the gospel singer was a chief in the
criminal operation for which he was being jailed.
Source:
Guardian

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