Midlands barber faces eviction – for his role in an email hacking scam.
The fraudster was involved in a scam which defrauded £ 12,000 from unwitting victims.
Benjamin Kapapula was imprisoned for his part for the scam, which scammed a company and individuals to the tune of thousands of pounds.
The 23-year-old hairstylist authorized the use of his bank account for the fraud that involved hacking into email accounts.
He was also found guilty of creating bogus invoices to be sent to people and a company who had work done, StokeonTrentLive reports.
The victims paid the money into the accused’s account before it was quickly withdrawn.
Now, Kapapula has been jailed for six months in Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Prosecutor Jonathan Dickinson said the scam involved the hacking of multiple email accounts in January and February 2017.
Mr Dickinson said: ‘Emails were sent to two people and a company claiming to be a company that had done work for them and requesting payment for that work. He provided his own bank details.
One victim, a retired man, paid £ 9,550.80, believing he was paying a company that had rendered rendering for him. He also paid the company £ 4,700 for the work.
Another victim paid £ 1,450, believing he was paying a UPVC company that had done work for him. But his loss was covered by his bank.
And a business lost £ 1,209.00 thinking it was paying a customer.
Kapapula, of Brick House Street, Burslem, who has no previous convictions, denied three fraud offenses but was found guilty after a trial at the North Staffordshire Justice Center and his case was referred to Crown court for conviction .
Robert Holt, mitigating, admitted that the offenses were serious. He said the accused, from Zambia, had put his position to stay in the country in danger.
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Mr Holt said: ‘The sentence could have an impact on his ability to stay in the UK once the sentence has been served.
“He has had time to think it over and he accepts that he will be punished for his role.”
Judge Paul Glenn told Kapapula: “I must condemn you for your involvement in a scam in which fake emails were produced giving details of your account to which payments are to be made for the services.
“One victim, a retired man, sent over £ 9,500 for rendering work in his house. He paid over £ 14,000 in all because he paid part of the cost of the render. This kind of number is meaningful to anyone, especially a retired person.
“In your first interview you claimed to have met a mysterious man in Hanley and provided him with your bank details on the basis that his parents could send him money. You were to be paid £ 800 for it.
“When the payments entered your account, you agree to withdraw it and give the money to the man who paid over £ 800. You claimed to have no knowledge of the hack.
“By the time of the second interview, other transactions had surfaced and you said you had no idea how these funds got into your account. It’s no surprise, you were found guilty after a trial.
“You are not an innocent dupe and you are not as naive as you tried to present yourself in the PSR.”