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Man jailed after Olympics £2.3m scam

A man has been jailed after he admitted to laundering more than £2 million, stolen from the Olympic Development Authority by a group pretending to work for Skanska.

Southwark Crown Court heard that a group rang the ODA to say they were representatives of Skanska, one of the contractors working at the Olympic Park stadium site.

Sky News reports that the scam saw the group contact the ODA, posing as the contractor, to say it had a new bank account into which any money owed to it should be paid from then on.

The court heard that the ODA accepted the story and paid out £2.3m to the gang.

Ansmana Kamara, 31, from Sierra Leone, was jailed for three and a half years after he admitted laundering the stolen cash after it was paid into the accounts of his bogus law firm.

Mr Kamara set about distributing large amounts to accomplices, but suspicions were raised when he attempted to wire a cheque for £2m to Nigeria.

Staff at the money transfer bureau alerted the authorities who were able to recover the money.

Sentencing, Judge Jeffrey Pegden, QC, said: “These money-laundering offences are serious because they targeted a public authority and £2.3m was dishonestly acquired, albeit for a relatively short period.

“Although not responsible for the original fraud, I am satisfied that you were close to it, and I have come to that conclusion because you received all of the money.”

Kamara pleaded guilty to charges including converting criminal property and possessing a false identity document with intent.

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