Nigerian couple arrested for stealing over $400,000 from bank in Cambodia digitally


A Nigerian couple identified as Rejoice Isaac Chibunna, 48, and Isaac Chibunna, 50, have been arrested by the Police for digitally stealing more than $400,000 from a bank in Cambodia.

The suspects were arrested in Phnom Penh on Monday for stealing $424,999 from an electronic system at the Foreign Trade Bank (FTB) on street 169, Sangkat Veal Vong, Khan Prampel Makara, Phnom Penh.

The Nigerian couple’s arrest came after a lawsuit was filed by Leng Sovannavat, a representative of FTB bank in Tuol Kork district. It was gathered that on March 26, 2018, FTB bank had received an information from City Bank, USA, about transferring $50,000 to the couple’s account at FTB bank. On March 29, they went to the bank to withdraw $42,4999 and then transferred it to China.

But on April 5, FTB bank got another information from City bank that the couple duped one of their clients and the duo were promptly arrested when they went to the bank again, to withdraw the money left in their account.

Chea Sok, deputy police chief of Prampi Makara district  who spoke on the arrest of the suspects, said;

“Now the accused are in custody at the district police station and we will send them to court today (Monday)” Mr Sok said.

Each week comes with a story of Nigerians being locked up for fraud related cases worldwide. In the UK or in America, young Nigerians, even couple’s are going to jail for credit card scams and fraud.

Few days ago, we reported that one Mr Augustine Ezeama and his wife, Juliet Ezeama, were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice O. H. Oshodi of the Lagos State High Court Ikeja for fraud.

The married couple were arraigned on seven counts bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences,

The commission revealed that the couple had on May 6, 2015, obtained $30,570 from a firm, CIFERCOM LLC under the pretext that the money was for registration of CIFERCOM LLC as a company in Nigeria, preparatory to the award of an $8m contract to CIFERCOM LLC by the Federal Government.