Nigerian owning mansion found benefits cheat in UK

Ovo Mayomi and his wife Juliet Ubiribo were convicted of fraud for falsely claiming 43,000 pounds in benefits, Daily Mail reported.

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2012, 23:27 PM IST

London: A minicab driver who claimed to be earning 700 pounds a month and whose wife was claiming benefits in Britain despite owning mansion back home in Nigeria has been penalised 1.2 million pounds (around $19,45,000).

Ovo Mayomi and his wife Juliet Ubiribo were convicted of fraud for falsely claiming 43,000 pounds in benefits, Daily Mail reported.

Mayomi, 44, claimed he was earning 700 pounds a month and living in Croydon, south London, while his wife claimed benefits by claiming to be a single mother and a victim of domestic violence .

Investigators have now discovered that Mayomi owned a large luxurious house in Nigeria worth over 1 million pounds complete with chandeliers and 89,000 pounds worth of sound equipment.

Mayomi also had a 25,000 pounds watch. His wife wore a Rolex watch and drove a Mercedes Sport Coupe.

A judge has ordered Mayomi to pay 1,197,743 pounds in a confiscation order under the Proceeds Of Crime Act, or go to prison for six years.