Fraud kingpin who made £350k using stolen IDs ordered to pay back just £270

A FRAUD kingpin who made £348,858 by using stolen identities to buy watches and diamond rings has been asked to pay back just £270.

Festus Emosivwe, 38, only has that amount to his name, a proceeds of crime hearing was told.


The IT graduate sent phishing emails to BT customers and stole 2,000 identities from 2014-16.

Victims’ PayPal accounts were used to order rings, Breitling and Rolex watches, TVs and clothes for gang members.

Emosivwe, known as Swifty, was at the "centre of the conspiracy".

Portsmouth Crown Court, Hants, heard Emosivwe held an "instruction manual" on fraud and would pay gang members between £20 and £100 to take deliveries.

He got three years, eight months’ jail after admitting conspiracy to commit fraud.

Pal Charles Onwu, 32, admitted frauds worth £97,211 and got three years, seven months. He must repay £1.

Five ­others were jailed at Portsmouth crown court.

Prosecutor Michael Forster previously said: "This was a sophisticated conspiracy to commit fraud which persisted for about two years."

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