Adeola Thomas & Abimbola Abiola
A Nigerian couple who tried to claim £3.8million in benefits scam using 1,400 stolen identities have been jailed for a total of almost 10 years.Adeola Thomas, 38, assisted by his partner, Abimbola Abiola, 34, managed to pocket £87,000 after submitting almost 2,500 handwritten applications for tax credits and benefits.The pair spent the money on designer clothing and electrical items including a 50-inch plasma television.
The fraud was discovered when benefits staff noticed the same address was being used for multiple claims.
Thomas, an illegal immigrant, was jailed for seven years while Abiola, also a Nigerian national with leave to remain in the UK, received two-and-a-half years.
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