Gold Rolex-wearing Imperial College manager and her con artist husband funded millionaire lifestyle with private schooling, sports cars and luxury holidays with mass credit card scam

An international con artist and his partner have been ordered to hand over more than £1 million after defrauding wealthy victims to fund their extravagant lifestyle.
Ayodele Oluseye Odewale, 42, and Sara Bharat Yadav, 40, trawled through public records to find information about their victims so they could apply for credit cards in their names. 
Investigators found £797,431 in their bank accounts along with a stash of three Patek Philippe watches valued at £199,000. They also owned a private car registration plate worth £15,000. 
The Nigerian conman and his British partner of 21 years, led lavish lifestyles, renting a home in Chiswick for £42,000 per year, despite their combined declared annual income never exceeding £49,000.
Odewale had no job since his release from prison in 2005 while Yadav worked as an operations manager at London University Imperial College (pictured)
Odewale had no job since his release from prison in 2005 while Yadav worked as an operations manager at London University Imperial College (pictured) 

Odewale had no job since his release from prison in 2005 while Yadav worked as an operations manager at Imperial College.   
Odewale is said to have impersonated clients in phone calls to banks so he could order and intercept replacement debit cards, which he then used to purchase designer watches. 
The timepieces were then traded and sold with the proceeds being laundered through bank accounts belonging to Odewale and Yadav. 
But the High Court ordered them to hand over £1,011,431 to the National Crime Agency under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Odewale, who fled the UK for Nigeria in 2016, is a career fraudster with convictions for dishonesty between 1998 and 2016.
Yadav and Odewale used cash to buy a property in Westbourne Terrace, Paddington, London
Yadav and Odewale used cash to buy a property in Westbourne Terrace, Paddington, London
On 11 September 1998, he was convicted of attempting to obtain property by deception and sentenced to community service.
In 1999 he was jailed for a year for conspiracy to defraud contrary to common law and making a false statement to obtain a passport.
On 7 December 2011, he was jailed for two years for identity fraud.
NCA detectives found that huge sums of cash were passing through the couple's bank account each year. 
Yadav and Odewale used the cash to buy properties in Westbourne Terrace, Paddington, and Conwy Drive, Liverpool respectively, with significant deposits involved on each.
These properties were subsequently sold in what the NCA believed was an attempt to launder the proceeds of Odewale's criminal activities. 
Conwy Drive, Liverpool, where the couple bought a property with a significant deposit
Conwy Drive, Liverpool, where the couple bought a property with a significant deposit
In the last three years they have owned expensive cars including a Porsche Carrera, two Mercedes, and Yadav currently drives a Audi RS4 which when new is worth around £60,000.
The couple also sent their three children to a private school which costs £37,000 per year.
They also enjoyed frequent luxury holidays in India, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Cape Verde and Turkey.
NCA investigators described one of Odewale's explanations that he made 'hundreds of thousands of pounds' to fund his lifestyle at betting shop fixed odd terminals as 'inherently unlikely'.
Odewale gave evidence to the High Court via video from Nigeria, as he is subject to a deportation order and cannot return to the UK.
The judge who heard the case found he showed 'little concern for the victims of the fraud' and offered 'bare (often angry) denials to questions put to him by the NCA's barrister.
Yadav, who remains in the UK, was also found by the High Court judge Mrs Justice McGowan to have knowingly benefited from assets gained through unlawful conduct.
The judge stated that Yadav 'dishonestly chose to turn a blind eye to the illegitimacy of those funds' and enjoyed the luxuries it provided such as the gold Rolex she wore to the hearing.
In her judgment, Mrs Justice McGowan found the NCA's evidence to be 'detailed, cogent, and helpful.'
Andy Lewis, head of Asset Denial at the NCA, said: 'Odewale and Yadav had extravagant lifestyles funded from stealing the identities of honest, law abiding citizens. We have recovered their assets so they see no benefit from their unlawful activity.
'We are pleased our commitment to this investigation has paid off, having worked closely with partners including the Metropolitan Police and the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit.
'We will continue our work to identify those linked to economic crime, and take away their illicit assets.'
While Ben Russell, Deputy Director of the National Economic Crime Centre, added: 'Fraud causes real harm to people across the UK and we are determined to use all our powers, including civil recovery, to disrupt criminals and take money and assets out of their hands.
'The National Economic Crime Centre has a unique role coordinating the response to economic crime, bringing together the full force of our partners from across the public and private sector.
'Fraud is an absolute priority for us and today's fantastic result shows what can be achieved when we use all our tools and powers to safeguard the people and prosperity of the UK.'
The High Court ordered that one of the watches and £140,759, which could be traced back to two specific frauds, be handed to NatWest Bank to replace money used to compensate two of their customers.
They must hand over £1,011,431 to the National Crime Agency.
Gold Rolex-wearing Imperial College manager and her con artist husband funded millionaire lifestyle with private schooling, sports cars and luxury holidays with mass credit card scam Gold Rolex-wearing Imperial College manager and her con artist husband funded millionaire lifestyle with private schooling, sports cars and luxury holidays with mass credit card scam Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 03:27 Rating: 5

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