EFCC Arrests Four Suspected ‘Fraudsters’ for Using Magu’s Signature to Defraud American Lady of $850,000
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested four suspected internet ‘fraudsters’, who used a cloned document of the agency as well as forged signature of the acting chairman of the agency, Ibrahim Magu to defraud an American Lady of $850,000.
The four-man gang were smashed on Friday in a carefully coordinated operation in Delta state by the Benin Zonal office of the Commission.
The suspects are: Onoghere Romina ( aka Pastor Joseph Romeo), Emoregan Fidelis Kelly ( aka Williams Brian), Sunday Obi (aka Stuart Symington.) and Remember Akpobome.
According to statement issued by EFCC, The quartet was arrested sequel to intelligence obtained from their victim, Patricia Dewan Walker, a 60-year-old American.
EFCC said, “They are alleged to have defrauded Walker of an aggregate sum of $850,000 in dating scam. The syndicate started milking Walker in 2014, when they defrauded her of $375,163.63.
“To further hoodwink Walker to part with more money, the syndicate in 2017 forwarded forged documents and letters, including a fake letter of guarantee from EFCC and purportedly signed by the Chairman, Ibrahim Magu and one Yomi Balogun whom they claimed is the Head of Operations, Lagos. In the said letter, the syndicate told their victim to pay $157,000 in order to receive “your consignment boxes in our custody of $10 million and another $3 million deposited in our office few days ago by OFAC”.
“Items recovered from the suspects include forged documents, including ‘Payment Guarantee’ from the Office of the President of Nigeria and mobile phones.
” The suspects, who have confessed to the crime, will be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed.”