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EFCC nabs 2 MAPOLY students for duping American of N0.89m in ‘Motherless Babies Home’ scam

Ojosipe Adedayo, a 17-year-old a student and his 24-year old accomplice, Owolabi Ahmed, both MAPOLY students, have been arraigned by the EFCC for defrauding an American of a total of about N895,725.
Two students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Ojere, Abeokuta Ogun State, have been arraigned for jointly defrauding an American of a total of $4000 (approximately N895,725).

Ojosipe Adedayo, a 17-year-old a HND II student and his 24-year old accomplice, Owolabi Ahmed, were dragged before Justice Atinuke Ipaye of an Ikeja High Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The prosecutor, Emmanuel Jackson said Adedayo duped one Adam Denborsky, an American citizen, of the sum of $2000 while pretending to be Marty Jason, a 30-year-old from Pennsylvania, USA.

Adedayo, who met his victim on Facebook, allegedly confessed to have received the money through Western Union and used the money to buy clothes and a phone.

Co-defendant Ahmed, an HND II Electrical and Electronics student of same institution, was arraigned on three count charge of fraud for allegedly posing as an orphaned single girl, Candice Skye, from the United States.

Ahmed reportedly pretended to be a gemstone dealer in need of $2500 to facilitate the clearing of her goods with the Customs.

The duo were arraigned on charges of fraud and obtaining under false pretences, offences which the prosecutor  is contrary to Section 6,8(b) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act NO 14 of 2006.

“Ojosipe a.k.a Marty Jason and Candice, on or about May 8, 2014 in Lagos had in your possession a document in which you represented yourself to be a single lady called Candice from Trenton, New Jersey, United States, who helps the needy to organise charity concerts and also help the homeless to get funds for Motherless Babies Home, which representations you knew to be false,” part of the charge read.

Both Adedayo and Ahmed pleaded not guilty and Justice Ipaye remanded them in prison custody and adjourned hearing of their bail application till the 21 of May, 2015.


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EFCC docks father, son over Internet fraud

A father and son who runs an Internet scam syndicate have been dragged to the court by EFCC.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has dragged a jobless man, Justice Unuafe, and his son, Omorigho Unuafe, before the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, for perpetrating an Internet Fraud and obtaining money by false pretense.

The father and son scam syndicate was charged on a four-count charge bordering on obstruction, possession of fraudulent documents and obtaining money by false pretence. The EFCC stated in its brief that it had seized two cars and an uncompleted storey building from the Unuafes, having acquired the property and cars from the proceeds of their crimes.

The men were also said to have obtained $4,256 in Port Harcourt from one Cheng Chung Shin, while posing as one Maro Moton. The father and son were arraigned on March 24

The Head, Media and Publicity of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, said the men were arrested based on intelligence gathered while investigating a reported case of Internet scam.

“Both of them, who are jobless, were found in possession of Honda Accord 2004 model and an Acura ZDX, without document to prove how they got the vehicles.

They also have an almost completed storey building located in Delta State. The accused refused to give the EFCC operatives the required information needed from them for the investigation.”

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EFCC returns money to French Victim of internet love scam

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has recovered and returned 10,000 Euros about to F. Mercade, a French citizen, who was victim of internet love scam.

The fund was wired to the victim through his account in France on the recommendation of the French Embassy in Nigeria.

Roger Balima, French Police Liaison Officer who confirmed the receipt of the funds by the victim, thanked the EFCC “for the good job.”

Mercade was duped by two internet fraudsters, Omodara Adedapo Oluseye and Adesuyi Ayodeji Adedapo after he was deceived into a phantom relationship that was supposedly alter-bound.

The scam was reported to the Commission via a petition from the French Consulate in Lagos, on behalf of Mercade. The petitioner alleged that he met a Nigerian beauty by name, ‘Kate Williams’ on the internet sometime in 2009 and they developed a relationship which was to culminate in marriage. ‘Williams’ was to relocate to join Mercade in France, to consummate the relationship.

While Mercade planned the logistics of the relocation, ‘Williams’ who purportedly did some jobs for an unnamed company in Nigeria, came up with a story that the company refused to pay ‘her’ for job done. ‘She’ sought the assistance of Mercade and the ‘couple’ contacted a lawyer named ‘James Robert’, to procure traveling documents and also help her claim money from the company owing her.

Mercade parted with the sum of 25,000.00 Euros, through Western Union, in processing his brides’ passage with no bride in sight. Eventually, it dawned on him that he had been scammed.

Investigations into the matter by the Commission revealed that ‘Kate Williams’ is the pseudonym of Omodara Adedapo Oluseye, a male student of the College of Agriculture, Akure, who, however, resides in Ibadan Oyo state. Omodara’s accomplice, Adesuyi Ayodeji Adedapo, assisted in collecting the money transferred by the victim from the Akure, Ondo State branch of a new generation bank, using forged drivers’ license.

The duo were prosecuted on a two count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretences before a Federal High Court Lagos, convicted and sentenced on 13th June 2011, to one year imprisonment each without an option of fine.

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