Bayo Lawrence Awonorin who allegedly played a role in an NHS fraud and money laundering investigation has been extradited from the US to the UK on Thursday, September 13. 44-year old Bayo who is said to be formerly from Bexley, London, but of no fixed address now, was declared wanted in connection with Operation Tarlac, a fraud and money laundering investigation.
In the said crime, public bodies including Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust were defrauded of over £12 million, BBC reports, Bayo who is a Nigerian was said have been originally arrested in 2012 but fled the country while on bail. He faces two charges of conspiring with others to defraud public institutions and to convert criminal property.
These crimes were alleged to have occurred between 1 January 2011 and 31 July 2012. According to Lincolnshire police, he had been a wanted man since 2013 in connection with an investigation called Operation Tarlac. Awonorin who was arrested in Maryland, US, and extradited was traced by Lincolnshire officers to the US and in collaboration with US authorities. He will ow stand trial.
The FBI has since declared him wanted, and even went further to offer a reward in exchange for information on his whereabouts. The general public has been offered a reward of $1,000 (N405,000), to anyone with valuable information.Mo