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Asylum Seeker Pleads Guilty to 185 Charges in ​​€205,000 AIB Scam

A man who is living in Ireland claiming asylum has pleaded guilty to 185 counts related to online fraud which stole more than €200,000 in total from personal bank accounts. 

Ami Enabulele, who has an address in Glendale Manor, Letterkenny, County Donegal pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering, theft, attempted theft and unlawful use of a computer. 

Enabulele, who is a father of 3 originally from Benin, Nigeria, was charged with 185 counts related to online fraud which was carried out through the use of duplicate SIM cards which enabled the accounts of numerous AIB customers to be ‘taken over’. 

Donegal Daily reported “In all a total of €205,201.93 was taken from dozens of personal bank accounts ranging in sums from around €1,000 up to the largest of €50,000.

All the money has since been returned to the account holders but AIB, whose fraud team uncovered the scam, are still out of pocket.

Detective Garda Shane Fitzsimons of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) outlined the scam as Enabulele, appeared to be sentenced for his part in the fraud.

Detective Fitzsimons explained how the accounts were accessed when the gang accessed the accounts of people online and pretended they had lost their passwords.

In between the gang had liaised with some phone shop employees and bought SIM cards in the same telephone number as the bank account holder but using a different phone provider.” 

Enabulele is reported to be unemployed and living in Ireland seeking asylum. 

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