London, UK: A Nigerian man, Bayo Awonorin, who appeared in the UK National Crime Agency’s top 10 most wanted fraudsters campaign has been extradited from Maryland, USA to face charges in connection with an alleged £12 million fraud involving public bodies.
Bayo Awonorin, 44, has been charged after allegedly defrauding public bodies such as the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust out of £12 million
Bayo Awonorin was originally arrested in 2012 as part of a money laundering investigation involving public bodies including Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, but he later fled the country while on bail, Lincolnshire Police said.
The 44-year-old was arrested in Maryland, USA, and has been successfully extradited to stand trial after being charged by officers with conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to launder money.
The Lincolnshire force said he has been a wanted man since 2013 in connection with the investigation called Operation Tarlac.
He was traced by Lincolnshire officers from the Economic Crime Unit to the US and through close collaboration with both the UK and US authorities, the force added.
Bayo Awonorin (of Nigerian descent), from Bexley, London, was remanded into custody.
Awonorin appeared in the dock at Lincoln Magistrates Court on Friday. Wearing a white t-shirt, Awonorin spoke to confirm his name and to give his date of birth. He also confirmed his nationality as Nigerian and told the court he was of no fixed address.
The court clerk confirmed that Awonorin faces two charges of conspiring with others to defraud public institutions and to convert criminal property.Both offences are alleged to have occurred between January 1, 2011 and July 31, 2012.
There was no bail application or indication of plea from Awonorin.
He was remanded into custody and will next appear at Lincoln Crown Court on October 15.
Awonorin, previously from Bexley, London, had been the subject of a UK Crimewatch appeal and the National Crime Agency’s 10 most wanted alleged fraudster’s campaign in 2016.