John Ojakovoh secures convictions on all counts in international cyber fraud trial at Reading Crown Court
John Ojakovoh prosecuted in a trial at Reading Crown Court arising from a US-UK investigation after US public sector pensioner members of Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) were the victims of fraudulent attempts to divert pensions totalling the equivalent of some £15,000 per month in a scam which cost OCERS nearly £200,000 to put right. The defendant was found Guilty of three counts of Fraud by False Representation and a Computer Misuse Act offence after a seven-day trial. An important feature of the case was the extensive legal argument and expert evidence relied on to ensure that the prosecution could still be brought despite the fact that the US Virtual Private Network provider through whom the defendant’s IP addresses had initially been traced refused to participate in the UK trial. The case was also notable for the way complex technical evidence was made understandable to the jury and for the effective testimony from OCERS by video-link from the US. The defendant was sentenced to a total of three years’ imprisonment.
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