A “highly skilled” fraudster who was arrested after checking in to a Leeds hotel with a stolen credit card has been jailed.
Charles Emeke Nwoba, 33, used a fake name when he booked in at the Queens Hotel near Leeds railway station in April.
The credit card details he was trying to use had been stolen in a phishing scam in Cardiff.
When British Transport Police (BTP) officers carried out a search of his property they found four credit cards in different names, two fake driving licenses, numerous documents in other people’s names and a number of computers and mobile phones.
Further investigations showed he had fraudulently applied for credit cards to launder money and that he had obtained the details of hundreds of people which he appeared to have been selling online.
Nwoba, of Newton Park Court, Potternewton, was jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to four counts of fraud.
Financial investigator Det Con Dave Williams said: “Nwoba fraudulently obtained members of the public’s credit card and personal details from victims all over the country to obtain cash and launder money.
“In one case he took out a credit card in the name of a woman who had been the victim of identify theft in Kent.
“He was highly skilled and organised and due to the complexity and the scale of the fraud we uncovered, we believe he has links to serious organised crime groups.
“The judge commented that Nwoba’s offending undermines the public confidence in the banking system’.
“No type of fraud or crime will be tolerated on the rail network.”