Nigeria Most Wanted Fraudster Deported To The United Kingdom From United States

Bayo Awonorin

A man who appeared in the National Crime Agency’s ‘most wanted fraudsters’ appeal has appeared in court after being deported from the US.

Bayo Awonorin 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.

BBC reported that the 44-year-old was on Friday, 14th September 2018 remanded in custody at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on 15 October.

The defendant spoke only to confirm his name as Bayo Lawrence Awonorin and to give his date of birth.

He also confirmed his nationality as Nigerian and told the court he was of no fixed address.

Mr. 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 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.

Mr. 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.

 

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