A family of Ugandan ‘nkuba-kyeyo‘ in the UK stole at least £4 million from taxpayers in a 20-year scam.
The mastermind, Ruth Nabuguzi, 49, created fake identities for up to 100 children to milk the benefit system and also claimed to suffer from HIV and require costly drugs – but in reality sent them back home to be sold for huge profits costing the UK taxpayer more than £2 million.
During their six-week trial, a jury heard how the group ‘conspired together to create, use and exploit’ false identities in order to carry out the staggering fraud.
Prosecutor Paul Raudnitz said: ‘The tentacles of this fraud went far and wide for many, many years. Each defendant at different times joined the conspiracy.’
Nabuguzi left for the UK in 1991 and claimed asylum for herself and four children she had left here.
Three years later, she used the name Jane Namusisi to apply for asylum again – along with two more children. In 1999 – using the name Pauline Zalwango – she applied once more, this time with three children.
She is believed to have regularly travelled back home and bought at least three properties in and around the capital Kampala.
Dennis Kyeyune, 29, is thought to be Nabuguzi’s son or nephew. Other members of the gang include Jordan Sebutemba, 26, thought to be Nabuguzi’s daughter or niece; Albert Kaidi, a former partner of Sebutemba who is believed to be from Rwanda; and Lamulah Sekiziyuvu, 36, a former partner of both Keyuyne and Kaidi.
Kyeyune, Sebutemba, Kaidi and Sekiziyuvu were found guilty of various fraud offences yesterday.
They will be sentenced along with Nabuguzi and Betty Tibakawa, 21, Lina Katongole, 29, Mathy Matumba, 50, and Eddie Carlos Semcenda, 30, next week.