The consensus over the London Olympics and Paralymics is that the twin events were a rip roaring success
, not only for home competitors but for the spirit in which the various events were played. Unfortunately, a large number of professional criminals - including many from beyond these shores - were attracted by the perceived easy pickings from vulnerable tourists.
The police were out in force
both before and during the games to minimise this sort of thing. One of the biggest fish they brought to book was not a common or garden pickpocket but a man who set up two fake websites to rip people off. Now, Christakis Ioannou
has been given a four year sentence to mull over his wrongdoings.
Another fraudster who came to Britain for the specific purpose of ripping us off was Adeola Thomas
. An illegal immigrant from Nigeria, he made a career out of filling in benefit claim forms in false identities, thousands of them. He was recently given a seven year sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court where his partner-in-crime Abimbola Abiola was given a two and a half year sentence. The judge ordered that Thomas should be deported at the end of his sentence.
Another team from Nigeria, husband and wife Ovo Mayomi and Juliet Ubiribo were convicted 2 years ago, but the criminal investigation into their activities did not end there. Now Mayomi has been ordered to pay £1,197,743.54 in a Proceeds Of Crime Act
confiscation order or face another six years behind bars. He was originally sentenced to two years. The Daily Mail
published a big photo-feature
on his home in Nigeria, which might rightly be described as palatial, complete with chandelier.