Arrested gang suspect ‘very close to’ fraudster jailed for scamming account holders out of €205,000
A suspect arrested under anti-gangland legislation during a major money laundering investigation is a very close associate of a criminal jailed for three years last month for a €205,000 fraud from customers at AIB after their accounts were “taken over”.
Detectives from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) have been carrying out a nationwide investigation into SIM-swapping, account takeover and money laundering.
The arrest of the suspect in Tallaght last Thursday is considered “very significant” in the probe and a file on his activities will be now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) after he was released from Clondalkin garda station on Friday.
“This man is suspected of having a more senior role in the criminal organisation than the defendant who was jailed in Co Donegal last month,” a senior source told the Irish Independent.
“More arrests are expected in this investigation which is into a fairly complicated and well-thought-out criminal conspiracy. The arrested man also worked in a phone shop and this investigation has shown the very corrupt nature of those involved in this type of criminal activity.”
Gardaí announced details of the arrest last week.
Last month the man’s close associate Ami Enabulele was jailed for three years at Letterkenny Circuit Court.
The scam saw more than €205,000 taken from customers accounts at AIB after their accounts were “taken over” using duplicate SIM cards to access money remotely before accounts were raided.
Father-of-three Enabulele appeared in the court charged with 185 charges relating to the sophisticated online fraud.
Enabulele (27), of Glendale Manor, Letterkenny, pleaded guilty to money laundering, theft, attempted theft and unlawful use of a computer.
A total of €205,201.93 was taken from dozens of personal accounts, ranging in sums from around €1,000-€50,000.
All the money has since been returned to the account holders but AIB, whose fraud team uncovered the scam, are still out of pocket.
In May 2019, the bank reported the fraud to the GNECB.
Gardaí were able to track Enabulele using his IP address and a unique VID number which is attached to any device which logs into an app online.