EFCC arraigns suspected fraudster over $267,000 scam

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, arraigned Akintunde Vincent Abiodun before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, on amended charge bordering on forgery and obtaining money by false pretense.

The 37-year-old HND holder from Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Edo State, is said to have defrauded the victim, D. Bonnici of $267,000 by claiming to be Christopher Williams from United Kingdom.

According to the complainant, she met Akintunde in a dating site on the internet and allegedly fell in love with him.

She said the accused started collecting money from her after he claimed he was in possession of gemstone worth $18,050,000 (Eighteen Million and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars), which he purportedly inherited from his father.

She further said, Akintunde hoodwinked her into believing that he was coming to New Zealand to settle down with her.

She alleged that the money she sent to the suspect was received in Malaysia and Nigeria by persons bearing Norisha, Jalan Klan, and Mohammed Haizam Bin Fauzin. All of them claimed to be friends of Akintunde.

When the 14 charges were read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty.

Justice Ipaye, who dismissed the bail application, ordered the defendant to be remanded in Kirikiri prison custody.

The matter was adjourned to 7 and 8 March, 2017 for trial.