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Tuesday, 12 March, 2002, 14:43 GMT
'Free flight' fraudster spared jail
Olabisa Iyabo Buraimoh
Buraimoh was given a free flight and hotel stay
A woman who was given a free trip to New York after claiming her brother was a firefighter missing in the 11 September terror attacks has escaped being sent to prison.

Olabisi Iyabo Buraimoh, 54, was given a two-year conditional discharge by a judge at Horseferry Magistrate's Court in London.

She was also ordered to pay 600 in compensation and costs at Tuesday's hearing.

Buraimoh, from Oulton Close, Hackney, east London, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to wasting police time between 12 September and 28 November, 2001.

Prostate cancer

The judge in the earlier hearing had warned Buraimoh she could face prison.

The court had heard how police became suspicious after her arrival in the US.

They discovered her brother was being treated in hospital for prostate cancer and had no connection to the New York fire department.

The court heard Scotland Yard and the Foreign Office had arranged for Buraimoh to be flown to New York after she reported her brother was missing in the terrorist attack, which killed 300 firefighters.

She arrived on 30 September and again said her brother was a firefighter who had been in the United States since 1961, the court heard.

But the next day police found her brother in a hospital, where he had been admitted two days before the attacks.

Buraimoh was arrested on 27 November and denied she had ever said her brother was a firefighter.


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