A barber was jailed for 18 months after he admitted money-laundering for fraudsters.

Esosa Eromosele, aged 49, of Aled Avenue, Rhyl, was told by Judge Niclas Parry at Mold crown court: "You have no insight into the misery you cause and your explanations are fanciful.

"You were one of the leading players in what was a serious defrauding of one lady to the tune of £90,000.

“You were conning well-meaning and trusting people. What was serious was that bank details were hacked.

"People were paying money into accounts they had every reason to believe, and did belong to genuine people, but they had been intercepted. This was sophisticated.”

He had involved others including “inadequate alcoholic” Carwyn Jones, aged 29, of Ger y Mor, Pensarn, Abergele.

“You offered him £1,000 to use his bank account,” the judge said. Eromosele gained £25,000.

Jones received a four months suspended jail term with rehabilitation and alcohol abstinence.

Prosecuting barrister John Philpotts said a Norwegian woman had met a man on a dating website. They never met but she was persuaded to set up a property business with him.

The woman then complied with a request for £90,000.

Much of the money vanished in Nigeria.

Another victim of fraud was a woman buying a carpet who had been asked to pay £1,500. Business email had been compromised, Mr Philpotts said.

Sarah Yates, defending, said Eromosele had a wife and three children.

He employed three staff.