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A Nigerian jailed in UK for 20 months over £138k fraud

A Nigerian administrator at The Guardian who stole more than £138k approximately N85.290.000m from the newspaper to bankroll his wedding has been jailed for 20 months.

Adeyinka Laryea-Adekimi, 34, was in charge of paying freelance journalists at the Guardian Media Group when he started siphoning off money in August 2017.

He paid himself large sums of cash until October 2018, when the company realised payments were going into his bank account instead of to reporters.

Snaresbrook crown court, London Borough of Redbridge heard yesterday that the stolen funds were spent on a wedding in Portugal, a honeymoon in Thailand and gifts for his wife — who knew nothing about the fraud.

Sue Obeney, representing Laryea-Adekimi, said he kept his wife in the dark about his conviction, not even telling her about his sentencing hearing.