Arrested gang suspect who is ‘very close’ to scammer jailed for €205,000 fraud against account holders

A suspect arrested during a major money laundering investigation under anti-gangland laws is a very close associate of a criminal who was sentenced to three years in prison last month for a €205,000 scam from customers at AIB after their accounts were “taken over”.

Officials with the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) have conducted a nationwide investigation into SIM swapping, account takeover and money laundering.

The arrest of the suspect in Tallaght last Thursday is considered “very significant” in the inquiry and a file on his activities is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) after he was released from Clondalkin Garda station on Friday was released.

“This man is suspected of playing a more important role in the criminal organization than the defendant who was detained in Co Donegal last month,” a senior source told the Irish Independent.

“More arrests are expected in this investigation, which delves into a rather complicated and well-crafted criminal conspiracy. The arrested man also worked in a phone shop and this investigation has exposed the very corrupt nature of those involved in this type of criminal activity.”

Gardaí released details of the arrest last week.

Last month, Ami Enabulele, a close associate of the man, was sentenced to three years in Letterkenny District Court.

In the scam, more than €205,000 was debited from customer accounts at AIB after their accounts were ‘taken over’ with duplicate SIM cards to remotely access money before accounts were searched.

Father-of-three Enabulele appeared in court charged with 185 counts related to the sophisticated online scam.

Enabulele, 27, of Glendale Manor, Letterkenny, pleaded guilty to money laundering, theft, attempted theft and unlawful use of a computer.

A total of EUR 205,201.93 was debited from dozens of private accounts, ranging between around EUR 1,000 and EUR 50,000.

All the money has since been returned to the account holders, but AIB, whose scam team uncovered the scam, still has no pockets of their own.

In May 2019, the bank reported the fraud to the GNECB.

Gardaí were able to track Enabulele using its IP address and a unique VID number attached to each device that logs into an app online. Arrested gang suspect who is ‘very close’ to scammer jailed for €205,000 fraud against account holders

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