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Bradford Man Convicted of Fraud Offences as Part of Major Police Operation.
Friday 16 October, 2009.
A Bradford man has been sentenced to three years in prison at Leeds Crown Court today in connection with fraud offences.
Sonny Chibuwe (29) of Heights Lane, pleaded guilty on Friday 11th September 2009 to conspiracy to defaud in connection with the theft of high value cheques from financial instituions from January 2007.
This sentence forms part of Operation Illmington which was launched by West Yorkshire Police in 2007. It saw the force’s Economic Crime Unit, Operations Support Division, the Organised Crime Group and local Neighbourhood Policing Teams all working together and warrants executed at 30 addresses in West Yorkshire and elsewhere in the country.
On Wednesday 1st July Dumisani NYAMYARO (31) of Barnsley was sentenced to 4-years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud on 10th March 2009.
On Friday 29 May Naison MUBAIWA (34) of Leeds was sentenced to 3.5-years and Paddington MUZONDIWA (25) of Swindon was sentenced to 2-years in prison after pleading guilty on 10 March 2009 to conspiracy to defraud. Mudavanhu DIZA (47) of Leeds was sentenced to 5.5-years in prison after being found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to defraud on 19 March 2009.
On 14th May Charles KANYIMO (35) of Wakefield was sentenced to 3-years imprisonment at a hearing at Leeds Crown Court after he earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to defraud in December 2008 and January 2009.
In February 2009 two men aged 38-years-old and a 25-year-old man received cautions for theft and possession of articles used in connection with fraud and in January 2009. A 34-year-old Leeds man received a community order requiring him to complete 180 hours of community service in connection with the operation.
This investigation is still ongoing and 10 men and women who were also arrested in connection with the operation have been interviewed by detectives and released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Detective Chief Superintendent Howard Crowther, Head of West Yorkshire Police’s Crime Division said: "This is the sixth man to be sent to prison as part of Operation Illmington showing the commitment and dedication of the police and criminal justice system to hold fraudsters to account for their actions.
"West Yorkshire Police will not tolerate those who benefit from the proceeds of crime, and will take action against them. I would urge everyone to ask the question, why should they? why should they be allowed to live of the proceeds of crime?"