‘Most Wanted’ Nigerian fraudster, Bayo Lawrence Anoworin, who was declared wanted by the Lincolnshire police over an alleged scam by a gang that stole more than £12 million from NHS trusts in the UK and Guernsey between January 2011 and July 2012, has been extradited from the United States to United Kingdom.
The ‘Most Wanted’ Nigerian Fraudster who was listed in the ninth position behind the likes of a Bollywood film producer, Sandeep Arora, 42, from Beckton, east London, who allegedly claimed £4.5m in VAT and film tax rebates for movies that either did not exist or with which he had no involvement, was arrested in Maryland and charged with conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to launder money.
Bayo who was remanded in custody at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court and will be appearing at Lincoln Crown Court on 15 October, faces two charges of conspiring with others to defraud public institutions and to convert criminal property.
The Director of the NCA’s Economic Crime Command, Donald Toon, in a statement, said:
“The annual losses to the UK from fraud are estimated to be more than £190bn. Behind this headline figure lies the actions of criminals like the wanted fraudsters highlighted in this appeal, who have caused distress and loss to people and businesses up and down the country.
It is important that anyone able to provide information on the 10 fraudsters we are highlighting today takes the opportunity to pass that information to law enforcement to help bring them to justice.”
Bayo Lawrence Anoworin, who hails from Lagos was first arrested in November 2012, but he disappeared into thin air after being granted bail. The other Nigerian who made the most wanted fraudster list is Alexia Thomas, a 43-year-old female, who allegedly “supplied false immigration documents to people wanting to become British citizens”.
Her false identities include Elizabeth or Lizzy with the surnames Henz, Ikuwe-Henz, Iheyen, Ikue-Henz, Ihenyue, Ikwue, Herz and Ihenyen. Thomas has also used the following names: Professor Thomas, Professor Summers, Martha Peterson and Alexia Bridget.