Three Norfolk defendants ordered to pay back a total of more than £120,000 to US women duped on dating website

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd. Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Friday, February 28, 2014
2:08 PM

Three Norfolk people convicted of money laundering cash duped from wealthy woman in the US through a dating website have been ordered to pay back some of the cash, or face further time in jail.

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Three Norfolk people involved in money laundering hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cash, which was sent to UK bank accounts after wealthy women in the United States were duped into sending money for scams, have been ordered to pay back a total of more than £120,000 or face further time in jail.

The three defendants were all jailed for money laundering in December, last year, with Edeowede Omozokpia, 27, from Horn Pie Road, Norwich, receiving 24 months, Marian Oderinde, 57, from Priory Close, Sporle, was jailed for 15 months and Akinleye Oderinde, 28, from Caddow Road, Norwich, was jailed for eight months.

Both Omozokpia and Marian Oderinde were said to have made a benefit figure from the scam of more then £300,000 after the women in the US were befriended on dating websites on the internet and then fed “sob” stories to get them to part with their cash, such as money being needed to pay for an operation for a sick child.

Akinleye Oderinde, was said to have benefited about £101,000 from the fraud.

The three were back at Norwich Crown Court for a confiscation hearing and Omozokpia was ordered to pay £119, 274 or face 26 months in default of payment.

David Wilson, prosecuting, said that most of this cash was held in bank accounts of Omozokpia, which had restraining orders on them.

Marian Oderinde, was ordered to pay £3775 or face a further two months in jail and Akinleye Oderinde was ordered to pay £10,800 or serve a further six months in jail.

Judge Stephen Holt ordered that the cash be paid as compensation, which would be split between the victims in the US.

At the earlier sentencing hearing Judge Holt had told them that it had been a “despicable form of fraud, pulling on the heartstrings of vulnerable women.”

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