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Four Sentenced at CCJ Dublin in relation to West African crime gang

Four men, all with addresses in the Republic of Ireland, have been sentenced in relation to a money laundering and fraud operation. 

The Sunday World reported that “Members of the criminal money laundering operation were caught flushing fraudulent documents down the toilet after hotel staff at the Carlton Hotel in Tyrellstown in west Dublin alerted gardaí to their suspicious activity”. 

The Sunday World report details how Detective Garda Sean Sheehan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau told the Central Criminal Court yesterday that one of the men, Junior Boboye (28), was a “a high-ranking member of a West African crime group” that was operating in Ireland and internationally. 

Boboye, who has an address in Castle Park, Ashbourne, Co Meath had a video of a man being executed by a gunshot wound to the head on his phone to which he had commented via text message “True sir, he got what he deserved”. 

According to the report, Boboye, who has nine previous convictions, “pleaded guilty to committing multiple offences for the benefit of a criminal organisation on dates between August 2017 and May 2018″. 

He was sentenced to 6 years in jail for his part in the €800,000 fraud with the final year suspended.

 His sentence was backdated to last March when he was taken into custody.  

Another man, Emmanuel Olanyian (29) with an address at Liffey Terrace, Lucan, Co Dublin, who was described in theSunday World’s report as Boboye’s “second in command” pleaded guilty to “19 counts involving money laundering, using false instruments, deception and forgery”.

Olanyian used his bank account to launder money between Ireland and Nigeria, and exchanged over 200 messages with Boboye discussing various money laundering schemes. 

He also also pleaded guilty to document forgery and posing as a landlord in order to receive HAP payments from Dublin City Council “over a 10-month period in 2018”. 

Olanyian falsely claimed €3,300 in HAP payments from the state which he brought to the court “as a token of his remorse”. 

He was sentenced to four years behind bars with the final year suspended. 

Two more men, Taiwo Ajike (24) and Onyebuchi Aduba (23) with addresses at Silverbrook, Mountmellick, Co Laois, and Rochfort Crescent, Lucan, Co Dublin respectively are reported to have functioned as “money mules” for the gang. 

Ajike bank account contained €126,644  “criminal proceeds”, while Aduba had €19,965 in his account.

Both have no previous convictions and were handed non custodial sentences. 

Ajike received a one year suspended sentence, while Judge Pauline Codd said she would deal with Aduba by means of the Probation Act. 

 

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