A gangland fugitive who became a successful rap artist and model while evading police capture abroad has been jailed following a five-year hunt.
Ben Fiberesima, 30, used a fake identity to launch a career in Australia which made him “worth seven figures at age 26”, despite skipping bail in London for weapons and fraud offences in 2008.
Rebranding himself under the name Roky Million, the 11-times UK Battle Rap champion, Fiberesima’s hip hop career saw his work dubbed the “greatest UK Hip Hop Record of all time” by one British newspaper.
His music videos have been watched hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube – including one track, Need to Party, which has 177,000 views alone.
He also built a Twitter following of more than 150,000 and modelled for major fashion companies.
Following his rags-to-riches ascendancy, Fiberesima wrote a self-help book titled Roky’s Power Gain 50, which claims to have helped create 317 millionaires.
Its description says: “My story is straightforward. I grew up in government housing and have been for 80% of my life.
“I am now worth seven figures at age 26. I used my indepth knowledge of power to change my fortunes.”
But Fiberesima was eventually snared by police after they discovered he had returned to the UK in August last year and listed himself with a London modelling agency.
Officers posed as representatives of a company called WOU Photography and contacted the agency about hiring Fiberesima as a model for a new range of sportswear.
He arrived for the planned casting meeting on September 3, 2014 and was arrested at the entrance of the photographic studios in Kentish Town.
He was jailed for three years and nine months at Harrow Crown Court on May 6 after being found guilty of two counts of theft, two counts of fraud and one of possessing a weapon.
His final tweet read: “To all: Roky’s in the 5% of rappers that can genuinely be described as ‘real’ so as is life he’ll be ‘away’ til’ further notice #management”
In September 2008, police first entered his flat in Christchurch Avenue, Harrow, north-west London and discovered a stun gun, a canister of CS gas and a stoeln chequebook belonging to a neighbour.
He was arrested and bailed, but disappeared before his first court appearance.
Detective Inspector Pete Wallis of Brent CID 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.
“Mr 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.”