Basildon man jailed for phone fraud

A man who used a foreign identification card in a Southend shop to fraudulently get phone contracts has been jailed.

Oluwaseyi Ayan, 38 of Worthing Road, Basildon, was jailed for 12 months at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday May 27 for two counts of fraud and possession documents with intent and one count of obstructing a police constable.

On Monday December 9, 2109, Ayan walked into Vodafone in High Street, Southend, and requested two phones on contract.

He provided a German identification card and gave a false name before leaving with the phones.

Three days later, store workers had concerns around the agreement and put blocks on the phones.

On Sunday December 29, Ayan walked into the same shop and requested to be sold a phone – once again producing a foreign identification card.

The member of staff reacted quickly, went into the back of the shop and police were called.

Ayan was arrested inside the shop while in possession of a false document.

Chief Inspector Ian Hughes, District Commander for Southend, said: “Ayan went into Southend town centre carrying a fake identification card and fraudulently took out contracts before walking out with two expensive phones.

“Staff realised that these were fraudulent transactions and acted quickly, putting measures in place to stop him from using the phones.

“Ayan made a further attempt to purchase a phone on another date, however thanks to the quick thinking of a worker who recognised the male, we were called and attended whilst he was still inside the shop.

“Ayan was subsequently arrested, he told us he was named Nicholas and resided in Yeovil. Our checks however revealed he lived much closer to home.

“I hope this sentence acts as a warning to those determined to come into our commercial communities with a view of tricking businesses into handing over goods which they are not entitled to – we’re just as determined to investigate the matter fully and put you before a court.

“Well done to the staff involved who made full use of training and their experience to alert us to this incident.”

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