A 44-year-old Nigerian man said to be a serial Internet fraudster, Bayo Awonorin, has been arrested in his hideout in the United States of America over a £12 million money laundering scam after he jumped bail in the UK and managed to sneak out of the country.
Awonorin who is described as one of the most wanted fraudsters in the UK, had his name appear in the National Crime Agency list and has been extradited to the UK for prosecution.
The Nigerian Standard Newspaper, a Nigerian publication based in the UK, reports that Awonorin had earlier been arrested and granted bail but he jumped the bail and fled from Britain for fear of prosecution.
The suspect is a naturalized British and is said to be living life on the fast lane – a life of crime since 2012- when he allegedly laundered £12 million of innocent Britons and fleeced them out of their hard earned money.
According to British Broadcasting Corporation, ( BBC) Bayo was arrested in Maryland and charged with conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to launder money.
He was originally arrested in 2012 as part of an alleged £12m money laundering investigation involving public bodies but he later fled the country while on bail, Lincolnshire Police said.
Awonorin is facing two charges of conspiring with others to defraud public institutions and to convert criminal property.
Both offenses are alleged to have occurred between 1 January, 2011 and 31 July, 2012. The alleged fraud targeted public bodies including the States of Guernsey Government, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Middlesbrough Council and Derby University.
Awonorin previously from Bexley, London, had been the subject of a BBC Crimewatch appeal and the National Crime Agency’s 10 most wanted fraudster’s campaign in 2016.
Lincolnshire Police said he had been a wanted man since 2013 in connection with an investigation called Operation Tarlac. He was traced by officers from the Economic Crime Unit to the US and later extradited, the force added.