Man jailed after spending £80,000 at Next in online fraud spree

Adeshola Adegite

Adeshola Adegite - Credit: Archant

A man who committed online fraud worth nearly £80,000 – spending all of the money at retail giant Next on clothes, electrical goods and homeware – has been jailed.

Adeshola Adegite, 40, of Coopers Close, Dagenham, ordered £79,000 worth of goods from Next after setting up 411 fraudulent accounts on the chain’s website.

He set up online credit accounts using a variety of identifies and arranged deliveries to addresses in Camden, Barnet and several other London boroughs.

He would then visit the addresses to collect deliveries, by producing a false Next identification card and claiming the parcels had been sent to the wrong place.

Adegite carried out the frauds between May 2011 and November 2012, opening about three or four online accounts per week.

He was jailed for 18 months at Basildon Crown Court after pleading guilty to fraud. He has been ordered to pay back the £79,000.

Investigating officer Det Sgt Richard Evans, of the London Crime Squad, said: “Adegite is a prolific offender whose online fraud profited him to the value of £79,000.

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“Following a successful investigation by the London Crime Squad, with the assistance of Essex Police and Next, Adegite has been brought to justice. He is now behind bars and will have to pay back the value of the goods that he fraudulently and so greedily took.”

A Next spokesman said: “We worked closely with the Metropolitan Police Service and Essex Police on this case and have since reviewed all of our online security procedures and made the appropriate changes to try to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”