Saturday September 29,2012
By John Chapman
Adeola Thomas, left, was jailed for seven years while his accomplice Abimbola Abiola, right, was locked up for two-and-a-half years for charges relating to identity theft, tax and benefits fraud
AN illegal Nigerian immigrant has been jailed for seven years for trying to claim £3.8million in benefits while using 1,400 stolen identities.
Adeola Thomas, 38, ran a scam that involved filling out nearly 2,500 claim forms by hand.
He managed to get £87,000 paid out but was trapped when benefits staff noticed the same address for multiple claims.
The fraudster, living in Hackney, east London, was arrested at a cashpoint last October while under surveillance by teams from HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions.
Thomas, who had 17 Post Office ac
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