A crime gang recruited teenage girls around the UK in a £500,000 shoplifting scam. Members of the gang now face prison for modern slavery offences, with ringleader Isaiah Olugosi, 38, recruiting, training and transporting the youngsters to commit refund fraud in high street stores across the country.
The girls, who were around 14 years old on average, were paid for their crimes, and offered perks like overnight stays and takeaway meals, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
But if they were stopped by security personnel they were left to face the consequences, meaning they could be abandoned miles from home.
The scam made at least £500,000 in just over two years between January 2018 and March 2020, with girls committing a fraud every week.
They put fake barcodes on items to pay a cheaper price before later returning for a full price refund, meaning a phone bought for £20 could get a £120 refund.
Olugosi, from Ely, Cambridgeshire, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, possession of articles for use in frauds, transferring criminal property and conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel or another person with a view to exploitation.
His wife Holly Chapman, 31, admitted transferring criminal property after her bank accounts were used to deposit cash from the scam.
Olugosi trained Baran Karamagara, 22, to take over the day-to-day-management of the operation and he was involved in driving the girls around.
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