Fugitive model and rap artist caught in Kentish Town sting
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A gang member who became a successful rap artist and model in Australia after jumping bail seven years ago is finally behind bars after detectives snared him by luring him to a fake modelling job in Kentish Town.
Officers received a tip-off last August that fugitive Ben Fiberesima was back in the country and had signed up with a modelling agency.
The undercover detectives approached the agency and booked him to attend a fake casting for a modelling job in a photographic studio in Kentish Town.
When the unwitting fugitive showed up at the studio for what he thought was his next modelling assignment on September 3 last year, officers were waiting for him at the entrance and arrested him.
Fiberesima was found guilty following a trial at Harrow Crown Court on May 6 of two counts of theft, two of making false representation and one of possessing a prohibited weapon.
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He also pleaded guilty to three counts of making false representation and one count of possessing a prohibited weapon.
Harrow Crown Court heard the 30-year-old had fled the country in 2008 after he was charged with fraud, theft and possession of an offensive weapon for discharging noxious liquid/gas while living in Christchurch Avenue, Kilburn.
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He had been arrested after police discovered a stun gun, a canister of CS gas and stolen property including chequebooks belong to his neighbour after he reported an attempted burglary at his flat.
He was not at home but was subsequently arrested and bailed before he fled to Australia using a false identity.
There he forged a successful career as a rap artist and professional fashion mode, using the name ‘Roky Million’. working for major fashion companies.
A prevelant user of social networking site Twitter he regularly tweeted photos to his 155,000 followers.
On 26 August 2014 police received information that he had returned to the UK and was continuing with his new career. He had no fixed abode, making it difficult for officers to track him down, so a simple arrest enquiry was not an option.
They set up the sting after confirming his identity and finding details of the modelling agency.
Officers approached the agency and a booking was made for Fiberesima to attend the model casting for a new sportswear range, under the company name of ‘WOU Photography’.
Detective Inspector Pete Wallis, of Brent CID said: “There is clear message here, that we will not forget you if you offend, and we will explore all options in tracing you and bringing you to justice. Mr Fibersima used false identities to evade capture for five years and developed a very public persona in Australia and internationally as a rap artist and model. Thankfully he is now paying for his crimes,”