Walter Wagbatsoma : Nigerian Jailed For Swindling UK Public Services Of £13M

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on

Leicester City, UK : Walter Wagbatsoma, 47, a Nigerian national, has been jailed for three years and six months, by Leicester crown court in the UK – for his role in an international conspiracy which defrauded the UK public services, including Lincolnshire’s mental health NHS trust, of over £13m.

Wagbatsoma and his co-conspirators reportedly rang up hospitals, councils, schools and housing associations, posing as a legitimate building firm which was owed money by the organizations.

They then claimed their bank details had changed and instructed the organizations to put the money into a different account.

The money was then moved around several accounts in a bid to make it untraceable.

Wagbatsoma personally benefited up to the tune of £480,000 from the scam.

Lincolnshire police’s four-year investigation into the fraud ring, called Operation Tarlac, began in 2011 after Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust was cheated out of £1.28m.

Wagbatsoma, said to be on trial in Nigeria at the time of his arrest, was tried at Leicester crown court and he was convicted of conspiracy to launder money.

A judge described the scam as a “sophisticated and widespread fraud in its conception and execution”.

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A prolific writer, Bamidele has worked in generalist and public relations capacities for an energy company before making the cross over into journalism and has never looked back
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