A fraudster who posed as a Skanska employee has been jailed for three and a half years

A fraudster who claimed to work for contractor Skanska in order to siphon over £2m from the Olympic Delivery Authority has been jailed.

Ansmana Kamara, 31, was jailed for three and a half years at Southwark Crown Court on Monday after pleading guilty to a range of fraud charges.

A gang of fraudsters including Kamara contacted the ODA last year claiming to be from Skanska and asked for future payments to be transferred to a new bank account.

The ODA transferred £2.3m into the bogus account, but were alerted of the scam by police when Kamara tried to transfer £2m to Nigeria.

Reports suggest the ODA has recovered nearly all of the money.

Sentencing Kamara, Judge Jeffrey Pegden, QC, said: “These money-laundering offences are serious because they targeted a public authority and £2.3m was dishonestly acquired, albeit for a relatively short period.

“Although not responsible for the original fraud, I am satisfied that you were close to it, and I have come to that conclusion because you received all of the money.”