Judgement day for car dealer-cum-church pastor over £23k fraud

Time 10:17 am, September 22, 2014

scales-of-justice-gavel_4A CAR dealer who also worked as a church pastor has been convicted of stealing more than £23k in a benefit fraud scam.

According to the Watford Observer, Anthony Oggunaike, 43, appeared before St Albans Crown Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to the charge of illegally receiving £23,769 in Housing & Council Tax Benefit between 2008 and 2012.

He was given a 14-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, and will have to undertake 100 hours of unpaid work and pay £250 in costs on top of an £80 victim surcharge. Oggunaike will have to pay back the £23k to Watford Borough Council too.

The fraud was discovered after council workers found bank statements showing payments made to Auto Trader and Blue Cycle Salvage.

Oggunaike spent nearly £68k on buying 84 vehicles between July 2007 and October 2009. He also had an additional income of £300 month for working as a church pastor.

The court was told he had admitted the offence early on and had co-operated fully with the probe.


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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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