Jailed: Kilburn fugitive who became a model and rap artist in Australia while on the run
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A gang member from Kilburn who carved out a successful career as a rap artist and model in Australia after jumping bail seven years ago is finally behind bars.
Ben Fiberesima was snared by detectives who booked him for a modelling job after he retuned to the country last year and signed up with an agency.
Harrow Crown Court heard the 30-year-old, fled the country in 2008 after he was charged with fraud, theft and possession of an offensive weapon for discharging noxious liquid/gas while living in Christchurch Avenue.
He was arrested after police discovered a stun gun, a canister of CS gas and stolen property including chequebooks belong to his neighbour after he reported an attempted burglary at his flat.
He was not at home but was subsequently arrested and bailed before he absconded using a false identity.
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Despite being a fugitive he became a rap artist and professional fashion model using the name ‘Roky Million’ and worked for major fashion companies.
A prevelant user of social networking site Twitter he regularly tweeted photos to his 155,000 followers.
He was caught after police received a tip-off in August last year that he was back in the country and had signed up with a modelling agency.
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Detectives from Brent Police’s wanted unit approached the agency and booked him to attend a casting where he was arrested by officers.
He has been jailed for three years and nine months.
Det Insp Pete Wallis, from Brent Police, said: “There is clear message here, that we will not forget you if you offend, and we will explore all options in tracing you and bringing you to justice. M
“Fibersima used false identities to evade capture for five years and developed a very public persona in Australia and internationally as a rap artist and model.
“Thankfully he is now paying for his crimes, due to the perseverance of Brent’s Wanted Offenders Unit.”