Teenager teamed up with Uber drivers to fleece taxi app

A teenager who teamed up with a gang of Uber drivers to fleece the taxi app out of thousands of pounds by booking fake journeys has been jailed for eight months.

Onome Omonoseh, 19, created 'bogus' customer accounts with details of stolen credit cards from the dark web and booked long trips through the popular app.

Omonoseh, of Islington, north London, would rack up a bill costing hundreds of pounds for a trip out of the capital and the driver would pocket three quarters of the fee.

Uber lost up to £10,000 while Omonoseh made at least £1,760 as the 'coordinator' of the scheme, however the prosecution accepted the figure was 'conservative'.

Dan-Alexandru Pasat

Mihai Toader

Dan-Alexandru Pasat, 29, (left) and Mihai Toader, 32, were two of the drivers involved in the scam

Uber lost up to £10,000 while Omonoseh made at least £1,760 as the 'coordinator' of the fraudulent scheme

Uber lost up to £10,000 while Omonoseh made at least £1,760 as the 'coordinator' of the fraudulent scheme

Drivers Michael Julien, 50, Dan-Alexandru Pasat, 29, Kamlesh Sagoo, 62, Ibrahim Tekagac, 35, and Mihai Toader, 32, took Omonoseh on at least 44 rides from February 2016 to December 2016.

Stephen Requena, prosecuting, said: 'The evidence shows that Mr Omonoseh was the main instigator of the frauds against Uber - creating bogus Uber customer accounts on the app and making bogus trips for which drivers were paid, and then a cut was passed to Mr Ononoseh for organising the frauds.

'The details were taken from a website which sells credit card for fraudulent and criminal purposes.

'GPS location showed the mobile phone handset did not always travel with the drivers and in effect the fraud by Mr Omonoseh and the co-defendants was in collaboration.'

Omonoseh claimed he did not have the 'wherewithal' to organise the fraud and said a group of young men from Islington, north London, ran it.

Sagoo claimed Omonoseh approached her wearing an Uber sweatshirt and offered her the extra work, which she initially believed was legitimate.

She thought 250 others were doing the same work and was the 'victim of her own naivety', the court heard.

Sentencing, Judge Peter Ader, said: 'This was a sophisticated operation that took place over a period of time to defraud Uber, a taxi type firm, of their commission and their fee.

Ibrahim Tekagac, 35, (pictured) took Omonoseh on five journeys between June and December last year

Ibrahim Tekagac, 35, (pictured) took Omonoseh on five journeys between June and December last year

'Each of of you played a part in this operation but I deal with you on the basis of your role and your individual circumstances.

'The total fraud was probably in the region of some £10,000.

'The prosecution put that this was a high culpability because it was a

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