Kensal Rise man convicted of role in £1.25m cyber fraud scam
PUBLISHED: 11:40 14 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:41 14 March 2014
A man from Kensal Rise has been convicted of being a member of a cyber gang which stole more than £1.25million by remotely controlling bank accounts.
Dean Outram, 32, of Clifford Gardens, tricked his way into the back offices of Barclays Bank in Lewisham, where he switched access to the accounts remotely on July 17 last year.
More than £90,000 was stolen following his actions.
Southwark Crown Court heard the gang used a device known as a Keyboard, Video, Mouse (KVM) switch to carry out their scam on Barclays and Santander bank accounts on three occasions.
The first happened on April 4 last year when Darius Bolder, 34, targeted Barclays in Swiss Cottage, allowing the gang to make 128 transfers worth £1,252,490 which were placed in a network of mule accounts set up to launder the stolen cash.
Barclays reported the cyber attack that day and recovered more than £600,000 of the money.
Outram carried out a third attack on September 12 last year when he installed a KVM device at Santander’s branch in Surrey Quay.
Meanwhile Lanre Mullins-Abudu, 25, and Asad Ali Qureshi, 26, attempted to gain access to the banking system in order to transfer what police believe would have been substantial funds.
But the Met’s’ Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) were on to them and officers raided an address in Hounslow where Mullins-Abudu, Qureshi and eight others were arrested.
Outram was also arrested nearby after leaving the bank
In addition to the cyber attacks, police discovered between May 2012 and September 2013 last year Mullins-Abudu, Stephen Hannah, 53, Guy Davis, 49, Adam Jefferson, 38, Segun Ogunfidodo, 26, Dola Odunusui, 29, Martin Thane, 31, Michael Harper, 26 and Tony Colston-Hayter, 49, also used around 500 high value bank and credit cards, that had been either stolen or intercepted, to buy Rolex watches worth up to £30,000 each.
They also bought high-value jewellery and electrical equipment such as Apple Mac computers and iPads in a credit card fraud estimated at around £1m.
The gang, led by Hayter, used a sophisticated device to spoof genuine bank telephone numbers and fool their victims into providing their personal details and PIN numbers.
Between December last year and February, Outram and 10 other members pleaded guilty to a number of offences.
However press restrictions were in place until yesterday when Lanre Mullins-Abudu, 25, from Putney, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, two counts of conspiracy to steal, possession of articles for use in fraud and guilty of concealing criminal property.
Steven Hannah, 52, from Camden, was also found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud.
He had previously pleaded guilty to possession of Crystal Meth Class A drugs with intent to supply.
T/DCI Jason Tunn, of the MPS Cyber Crime Unit, said: “Yesterday’s convictions are the culmination of a prolonged and highly complex investigation by Metropolitan Police Service detectives into an organised crime group that sought to target London’s banks and credit card companies in order to steal millions of pounds.
“The Metropolitan Police Service is investing significantly in tackling a wide range of cyber crime and fraud offences affecting the capital’s businesses and residents. The MPS is committed to stripping criminals of their assets so that crime does not pay”
All will be sentenced at a later date.
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