Exam registration not smart move for fraudster
A fraudster who avoided the police for four years after skipping bail and going missing was re-arrested after a detective discovered that he’d booked to sit an Open University exam.
Dennis Pierre Bugumba is now serving an 18 month prison term as a result of a detective constable’s efforts to find him.
Working from the City of London Police Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit, the officer ran regular checks to attempt to locate Bugumba.
Bugumba, aged 40, used a series of false identities to avoid being re-arrested. But he was caught after the officer, himself a former Open University student, noticed a recognisable reference number and was able to trace the fraudster because he had registered to take an exam.
On 18 July at the Old Bailey, Bugumba was jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of possession of articles intended for use in fraud, possession of a false identity document and seeking leave to remain in the UK by deception.
Bugumba of, Kents Hill, Milton Keynes, was originally arrested in 2008 on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud by stealing Travellers Cheques valued at £400,000 that were subsequently used in fraud in the UK and Africa. During the investigation other offences came to light. At the time Bugumba was working at a cheque clearing centre in Milton Keynes having entered the UK on a student visa.
The officer, Paul Blumsom has now retired but has returned to work in the same unit as a police staff investigator.