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Fraud gang who stole identity of dead child jailed

Kolajo John Ojomo, Hamda Khahin and Michael Olusanya
Jailed: Kolajo John Ojomo, Hamda Khahin and Michael Olusanya

Two men and a woman who stole the identity of a dead child as part of a multiple fraud have been jailed.

Nigerians Kolajo John Ojomo, 25, and Michael Olusanya, 23, were jailed for four and three years respectively at Swansea Crown Court.

Hamda Khahin, aged 22, from Hull, was sentenced to two years.

The three admitted defrauding more than £20,000 after stealing IDs, including that of John Dempsey Hamilton, who died sixteen years ago, aged two.

The case recently featured in the BBC Wales X-Ray programme.

Gaynor Davies told BBC Wales' X-Ray programme of her distress after her dead son's identity was stolen

The programme revealed that John Dempsey Hamilton's birth certificate was one of 44 obtained online and used to apply for driving licences with which to open bank accounts and defraud the money.

The crime came to light in February 2009 when staff at the DVLA headquarters in Swansea realised that multiple applications for driving licences were being made from the same handful of addresses.

After an investigation by South Wales Police's Economic Crime Unit the three were arrested in October 2009 and charged with conspiracy to commit fraud.

The programme revealed that Ojomo and Khahin were caught on CCTV footage opening one of the fraudulent accounts.

John Dempsey Hamilton's mother, Gaynor Davies from Crynant, near Neath, told X-Ray she was devastated to find out that her little boy's birth certificate had been obtained online.

"My son fought so hard for his life and now I feel they've taken that away from him," she said.

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