Captured: Wanted £730,000 fraudster is finally caught in Halesowen
A fraudster convicted of his role in a £730,000 criminal empire has finally been captured after a major manhunt traced him to Halesowen.
Marvin Campbell, aged 28, was jailed for more than eight years in his absence last month at Birmingham Crown Court after he failed to show up to hear his fate.
Campbell, from Bilston, and Henry Ogunde, 33, approached people on the streets of the West Midlands, taking them for dinner and buying them clothes in order to gain their trust.
They then used the influenced 'money mules' to set up bank accounts, fake companies and move cash for them. If those they had groomed resisted they were often met with the threat of violence.
Those involved were offered up to £40,000 for their complicity but in reality at most, only received a few hundred pounds. Some of the people targeted for involvement included a KFC worker looking for extra cash, and a number of unemployed people living in social housing or with no fixed address.
The pair netted £730,000 of fraudulently obtained cash and goods in frauds that targeted major retailers and all levels of business as well as private individuals.
Campbell pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud, two counts of concealing, disguising, converting or transferring criminal property and possession of articles for the use in fraud.
Ogunde was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, two counts of merchant services fraud, one count of money laundering and two counts of possession of documents for use in fraud.
Today, the National Crime Agency revealed he had been arrested on Monday at an address in Halesowen. He had two months added to his 8.5 year sentence by a judge when he appeared at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday.
The NCA's Adam Warnock said: "Marvin Campbell was a manipulative fraudster who had no regard for the vulnerable people he preyed on.
"Nobody should think they can avoid justice by going on the run. The NCA was determined Campbell should serve his sentence, and now he is doing that."
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