Love Scam: Police Arraign Man For Defrauding American Of $46, 400
By Gbenga Ogunbufunmi
Police has arraigned a man, Obiaku Cbukwuebuka Kassy, before a Federal High Court, Lagos, for allegedly defrauded an America woman, Mary English, of the sum of $46, 400, 000.
Obiaku was arraigned before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, today by the legal department of Inspector-General Response Team (IRT) on three count charge of conspiracy and obtaining under false pretence.
Arraigning the defendant before the court, Police Counsel, Nosa Watson, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) told the court that the defendant and others now at large, sometimes in February, 2019, lured their victim, Mary English, from United States of America (USA) to Nigeria, with love scam.
He told the court that upon the victim’s arrival in Nigeria, the defendant and others fraudulently obtained her master cards and withdrew the mentioned amount from her accounts.
Narrating how the defendant and others defrauded the American, DSP Nosa stated that the defendant fraudulently withdrew the sum of $18,400,00 from the victim’s account between February and July 2019.
He also stated that the defendant further fraudulently withdrew the sum of $28, 000 from the victim’s account between August 2019 and May 2020.
The prosecutor told the court that the offences committed by the defendant are contrary to and punishable Sections 8(3) and 1 of the the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006.
The defendant, Obiaku denied the allegations.
Following his denial, the prosecutor pleaded with the court for trial date, while also urged the court to remand him in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS).
However, defendant’s lawyer, pleaded with the court to remand his client in the custody of IRT, due to COVID-19 pandemic, pending the filing, hearing and determination of his bail application.
Following the plea by defendant’s counsel, the Presiding Judge, Justice Oweibo, ordered that the defendant be remanded in the custody of IRT, and adjourned the matter till September 10, 2020, for hearing of his bail application.