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Saturday, 25 June 2011

Another Brace of TV Licensing Crooks

Following the BBC's half-arsed response to our recent Freedom of Information Act request about the criminality of TV Licensing employees, we thought we'd throw two more names into the mix.

You might remember BBC legal adviser Dan McGregor said he couldn't reveal the names, because such personal information was exempt under the FOIA. Today we have no hesitation in naming two more TV Licensing crooks who have swindled money in the course of their official duties.

Step forward Kevin Hamilton of Newton Heath, Greater Manchester and Oluwagbenga Olaniyan of Gravesend, Kent.

Hamilton stole £3,000 worth of cash payments taken in his role as a TV Licensing enquiry officer, working for Capita Business Services Ltd. His fraud was uncovered when one of his victims complained that she hadn't received her TV licence despite having paid for it weeks earlier. In a desperate bid to avoid detection Hamilton falsely claimed his receipt book and cash were stolen during a mugging, which he even reported to the police. Hamilton was convicted of fraud at Manchester Crown Court in May 2010.

Olaniyan fabricated interview records, because he was struggling to meet stiff performance targets demanding that TV Licensing enquiry officers catch at least one evader every hour. Fearing the loss of his £16,000 a year job with Capita Business Services Ltd. the father of four decided to create some incriminating interview statements, thus bumping up his success rate. The deceit was uncovered when one of Olaniyan's randomly selected victims complained about being summoned to court when she didn't even have a television. Olaniyan was convicted of four counts of false accounting and one of perverting the course of justice at Maidstone Crown Court in October 2008.

That's now four down with seven to go.

Stay tuned for the next gripping instalment of TV Licensing name and shame.

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