Estate agent admits 76 frauds using house-sellers bank details
An estate agent who photographed client’s bank cards while showing prospective buyers around their homes has pleaded guilty to fraud.
Ayodele Oladuti, 29, of South Croydon, photographed bank cards on his phone, and took bank statements and other documents, as he visited clients’ homes. He’d use the documents to commit identity theft - taking out bank accounts and contracts in their names – before returning to their home to collect the fraudulently obtained bank cards and a mobile phone. He also used the photographed bank cards to buy clothing and electrical goods online and in stores. In total he defrauded, or attempted to defraud, 20 victims of a total of £25,298.66. He was successful in obtaining just over £6000.
Oladuti’s offending began after he faked references and qualifications on his CV to gain a job as an estate agent in Epsom. He was caught when a suspicious client recorded CCTV footage of him removing a jewellery box from a cupboard, and detectives looked further into his background.
Oladuti admitted seven counts of fraud at Reigate County Court on Monday 13 March. He has also asked for a further 69 offences to be taken into consideration. He has been remanded and will be sentenced on 7 April.
DC Simon Evans, who investigated the case, said:
“Ayodele Oladuti breached the trust placed in him by innocent victims who looked to him to help them sell their properties.
"He caused untold stress and worry to his victims, who were forced to rearrange their financial affairs at the same time as they were trying to move house.”