A 33-year-old Nigerian man, Saheed Azeez, who was granted refugee status in the United Kingdom after claiming to be a gay, not only went on to father three children with three different women but masterminded a £220,000 fraud.
Within 14 months, Azeez established a network involving various individuals, using their residences to receive goods from online vendors who shipped items before payment. He collected the items, which were purchased from sites like eBay and Facebook Marketplace, and sold them at his brother’s electronics store in Wigan, in the North-West of England.
He earned a portion of the sales and shared some profits with his accomplices in Bitcoin.
272 people were tricked into shipping second-hand electronics, like smartphones and cameras, without receiving payment.
According to the Telegraph of UK, Azeez was allowed to settle in the UK after claiming he was being persecuted over his sexuality by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. He settled in Wigan, Greater Manchester, where he fathered three children by three different women after being granted asylum.
Police investigation began following unusual parcel activity in North Manchester, all linked to Azeez. He was apprehended while dropping off his son at school, where he attempted to hide three smartphones used in the scam in the child’s school bag.
Azeez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and planning to possess criminal property. The Nigerian ‘gay’ man now faces a possible six-year jail sentence and is now identified as bisexual with his refugee status up in the air.