Ruth Smith-Ajala, who helped defraud hundreds of UK students online has been ordered to pay back almost £630,000 after admitting she made £1.2million from her crimes. On Monday, September 14, the Old Bailey heard how the 46-year-old Nigerian National was jailed in December 2013 for her part in conning students out of more than £1.5m.
“We won’t stop at seeing criminals convicted for their crimes – we will also make them pay back the money they have taken from their victims.”
“It is ironic that Smith-Ajala helped defraud hundreds of students while paying for one of her own children to be privately educated.”“She has just three months to pay back the money she obtained, or face a further five years in prison. If she doesn’t pay the money by the time she is out of prison, the order will remain and her finances will be scrutinized to ensure she continues to pay up.” He added.