Police have snared a gangster from London, almost a decade after he established a second life as a model and musician while he was a fugitive in Australia.
Ben Fiberesima, 30, from South Kilburn, skipped bail while on trial for fraud and weapons charges in London seven years ago.
Police arrested him in 2008 after they discovered a stun gun, a canister of CS gas and stolen property at his flat after he reported an attempted burglary. After he was bailed, he absconded and adopted a false identity, the Kilburn Times reported.
While on the run, Fiberesima modelled for high fashion labels including Tom Ford, and recorded rap using the stage name Roky Million.
In a self-help book Fiberesima penned last year, he boasted he was “worth seven figures by the age of 26”, and used his social media accounts to flaunt his success.
But last year Fiberesima’s lavish lifestyle came to an abrupt end when an anonymous tipster alerted the police that he had returned to London.
Metropolitan Police detectives posed as a fake photograph company to contact a prestigious modelling agency which had Fiberesima on its books.
Officers then arrested Fiberesima at a studio in Kentish Town, north London, where they had set up a fake modelling assignment.
Earlier this month, Fiberesima was found guilty of two counts of theft, two counts of making false representation and possessing an offensive weapon at Harrow Crown Court. He was sentenced to three years and nine months in jail, the Evening Standard reported.
Fiberesima also pleaded guilty to three counts of making false representation and one count of possessing a prohibited weapon.
Det Insp Pete Wallis, from Brent Police, said: “There is clear message here, that we will not forget you if you offend, and we will explore all options in tracing you and bringing you to justice.
“Fibersima used false identities to evade capture for five years and developed a very public persona in Australia and internationally as a rap artist and model.
“Thankfully he is now paying for his crimes, due to the perseverance of Brent’s Wanted Offenders Unit.”