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UK National Crime Agency sends £750k phisherman to chokey

Five and a half year sentence is first scalp for crime fighting org
Thu Oct 10 2013, 11:05

THE FRESHLY MINTED UK National Crime Agency (NCA) has announced that it has secured its first sentence for a pinched criminal.

The NCA is pleased to see Olukunle Babatunde, 27, of Croydon, South East London, heading to prison to begin a five and a half year sentence for phishing financial details.

Babatunde plead guilty to a number of offences including "conspiracy to defraud UK banks, financial institutions and their customers". The potential sum that is quoted by the NCA is a massive £751,229.

Another chap, Tamar Abdulhamid, aged 25, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to remove and conceal criminal property to the value of £64,535. He has not been sentenced yet.

"This is an excellent result built on the joint working of precursor agencies and has involved the examination of a large number of data, resulting in 765 victim accounts being identified," said Andy Archibald, the head of the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU).

"The National Crime Agency will continue to share information and intelligence with regards to serious and organised cyber crime, ensuring those who pose a threat to the public are identified and held accountable for their actions."

The NCA only flung its doors only this week and has already made a name for itself in online investigation circles. Yesterday it said that it was speaking to four local chaps about a potential involvement in the underground drug railway, the Silk Road.

It launched with a 4,000 strong workforce, links with international agencies and a determination to confront online criminals. µ


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