Greenwich man jailed after cash scam
A conman will spend the next six years behind bars after he devised a scam to convince people around the world they were in line for a hefty cash sum.
Greenwich resident Patrick Bomboi Emuh, of Bromhedge, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on January 9, following a conviction on December 3.
The court heard how the 54-year-old cold-called and emailed at least 20 people telling them they had received cash windfalls from the lottery or inherited money from a distant relative.
Emuh then told the victims to pay "advance fees", "taxes" and "handling charges" - amounting to almost £800,000 - to a variety of accounts or through a Western Credit transfer, so they could access the cash.
The scheme deepened as some of the victims living abroad were talked into travelling to the UK where they met people posing as businessmen.
After being shown bank notes they were told were theirs, but contaminated, the victims were instructed to pay money up-front to "legitimise" the cash.
In total, Emuh took £788,297 from his victims.
Accredited financial investigator Doug Ferns, of the MPS's specialist and economic crime command led the investigation, and said: "This sentence is well-deserved.
"Emuh span a convoluted and convincing web of lies to con victims, who he had no concern for, out of their money.
"We are determined to continue uncovering scams like this and seeing that the perpetrators receive the kind of sentence that Emuh has."
Police began investigating Emuh in 2006 after he was found carrying £10,000 in cash.
To date, officers have seized £60,000 cash from him and are applying for a confiscation order so victims can be compensated.
If you think you have been a victim of a similar scam, call police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.