Nigerian Fraudster, Thief Jailed in UK

Nigerian Fraudster, Thief Jailed in UK

Nigerian Fraudster, Thief Jailed in UK

UK - A Nigerian fraudster, who managed to sneak back into the UK twice after being deported for his previous crimes, has been jailed.

Johnson Tetede, 32, was kicked out of the UK in 2009 for trying to obtain a false passport and again last April after trying to use a passport to take money from a bank.

But the conman, who lived in St Edward's Way, Romford, was back in the country within months and was arrested with a bag of stolen documents.

Tetede had been photographed trying to steal from communal mailboxes in a block of flats.

He was jailed at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday after admitting burglary and handling stolen goods.

Tetede, who was arrested on August 23, had earlier that day been seen acting suspiciously outside his address, a block of flats in Kingsley Mews, Wapping.

Prosecutor Helen Owen said: "At approximately 11am an eyewitness saw Tetede poke his head around the door to look at the mailboxes. He later followed him and was able to take several photos of him, while the defendant was protesting that he had not taken any mail."

Tetede was arrested on the bus soon afterwards, carrying a bag containing HMRC cheques, bank cards and digital numbers relating to bank balances.

One of the cards was a credit card that had gone missing in the post a fortnight earlier.

Tetede now faces deportation to Nigeria once again.

Jailing him for nine months for burglary and three months for handling stolen goods, the judge, Ms Recorder Caroline Goodwin said: "These offences are aggravated by the fact that you were in the country with no status when you committed them."

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