Man jailed after using Bromley as pick-up point in £80,000 Next fraud
PUBLISHED: 14:09 13 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:09 13 May 2013
A man who fraudulently ordered almost £80,000 of goods from retailer Next has been jailed for 18 months.
Adeshola Adegite, 40, of Coopers Close, Dagenham would arrange for the goods to be picked up from a number of locations across London, including Bromley, and Essex while opening 430 fake online accounts.
He would ensure his chosen delivery locations were within walking distance of a train station so he could make off quickly and pleaded guilty at Basildon Crown Court on April 30.
Adegite must also repay the £79,000 worth of clothes and arranged deliveries for other London boroughs including Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham and Croydon.
The accounts were opened between May 1, 2011 and November 26 last year when he was arrested by Essex Police.
The unemployed, married father-of-four would set up online credit accounts using a variety of idenities, telephone numbers and email accounts to order a wide range of goods, including clothes, electricals and home furnishings, for next day delivery.
If challenged by the person who signed for the order, Adegite would produce a false Next identification card; state the items had been delivered to the wrong address before taking the package back.
Investigating officer DS Richard Evans of the London Crime Squad said: “Adegite is a prolific offender whose online fraud profited him to the value of £79,000.
“Adegite has now been brought to justice. He is now behind bars and will have to pay back the value of the goods that he fraudulently and so greedily took.”
A Next spokesperson said: “We worked closely with the Metropolitan Police Service and Essex Police on this case and have since reviewed all of our online security procedures and made the appropriate changes to try to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”