[corner-ad id=1]Nigeria and Australia are collaborating to crack down on rising incidence of Internet scams, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said.[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”EFCC”]EFCC said the team is part of investigators that have worked on Internet scam cases targeting West Australians, the most recent being the case of a woman, Jette Jacobs, who was found dead in South Africa last year. [/blockquote]
EFCC, the nation’s anti-graft agency, said it is spreading its dragnet to combat online scams and has recently recorded another success when the Fedral High Court in Benin sentenced an Internet fraudster, Larry Edomwonyi (alias Markus Erixson), to six year jail term.
According to EFCC, the pact with Australia is in furtherance of the Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation between the anti-graft agency and Western Australia Police.
The agency says that, “three operatives of the EFCC have arrived in Perth, Western Australia to assist its Police with major fraud investigations as well as compare notes on cases of mutual interest to both law enforcement organisations.”
Under the plan, “Paul Okoli, Danladi Daniel and Abbah Sambo will be in Perth for two weeks, sharing experiences with their Australian counterparts. The trio would assist with on going and new fraud investigations affecting nationals of both countries and will also be hoping to improve their skills through exposure to the procedures of Western Australia Police.”
EFCC said the team is part of investigators that have worked on Internet scam cases targeting West Australians, the most recent being the case of a woman, Jette Jacobs, who was found dead in South Africa last year.
Det-Sen-Sgt Blackshaw of Australian Police is reported as saying that the presence of the EFCC operatives is a “ demonstration of Nigeria’s will to assist us here in this state to tackle the problems we’re facing with online advanced fee fraud and mortgage fraud.”
In a related development, EFCC has said that it is recording success in fighting all manners of fraudulent activities, notably advance fee fraud and Internet scam.
It cited the case of Justice A. M Liman of the Federal High Court, Benin who recently convicted and sentenced one Larry Edomwonyi (alias Markus Erixson) to six years imprisonment.
Edomwonyi was convicted on three years each on two of the six count charge of obtaining money by false pretence, preferred against him by the EFCC. The sentences are to run concurrently from the date of his arrest.
According to EFCC, the convict was among the suspected internet fraudsters who were arrested by members of the operation Pulo Shield of the 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Benin in 2013 and handed over to the EFCC, for further investigation and prosecution.
The charge on which the accused was convicted reads, “ that you Larry Edomwonyi (aka Markus Erixson) on or about on the 15th day of July 2012 at No. 56 Siluko Road, Benin City under the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of One Thousand United States Dollar (USD 1,000.00) from one Pat, an American national through Western Money under the false pretence that you are a British Citizen and in love with her and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) of the same Act”.