Fraudster jailed after theft of letters from Kent village postman

Contributed by editor on Jul 14, 2018 - 11:50 AM


A man arrested in connection with the theft of letters in Headcorn and fraud has been handed a prison sentence at Canterbury Crown Court.

On 21 September 2017, Oluwekemi Adesaogun drove from London with an accomplice in order to intercept mail containing bank cards.

It's reported a postman was delivering letters to premises along Smarden Road when he noticed a man leave a stationary car and enter a nearby front garden.



As the postman entered the address, the man grabbed the mail he was holding. The postman lost his balance and fell backwards suffering grazes and bruising.

The man ran back to the parked car driven by Adesaogun who drove from the scene towards Smarden.

An investigation was launched and enquiries by detectives at a nearby shop found CCTV footage of a car that had been rented by Adesaogun from a hire firm in London.

The occupant at the address where the letters were to be posted subsequently contacted investigators and told them he had received a bank card in his own name on 22 September for an account that he had not personally opened.

Search warrant


A search warrant was later executed at Adesaogun’s home address in London and officers seized documentation suspected to be connected to fraud including several bank cards in different names, PIN numbers, letters from banks to a number of people and £2,000 in cash.

He was arrested, denied committing the offence in interview, and was charged.

Adesaogun, aged 41 years, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal and possessing articles in connection with fraud, and was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on 9 July 2018 to two years and two months in prison.

The offender who grabbed the letters from the postman has not been identified.


Complex fraud

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Barrie Prowse said: ‘The items seized from Adesaogun’s house show he was involved in a complex fraud that involved opening fake bank accounts using the identities of innocent members of the public.

‘Bank cards and PIN numbers were then intercepted as they were being posted so that the accounts could be used in connection with fraud.

‘This criminal behaviour caused financial loss to victims of fraud and a local postman in a quiet Kent village suffered a distressing attack. Adesaogun has been rightly jailed for his crimes.

‘I would like to thank the victim and witnesses who assisted us to bring this man to justice.’

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