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EFCC arraigns suspect in N37m email scam

EFCC arraigns suspect in N37m email scam
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned one Jules Suinner at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos on a three-count charge of email scamming and financial fraud totaling N37 million.

On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, formally assumed office as the Acting Chairman of EFCC. The new EFCC has become one of the latest victims of high-profile identity theft on Facebook
Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, Chairman of EFCC.

According to a statement by EFCC, Suinner, together with his cohort, allegedly hijacked the email address and letterhead of a company named Greenview Development Nigeria Limited and used same to write a letter to Access Bank Plc to transfer the sum of N25 million to the account of ICT Aid Foundation Cooperative Society domiciled with United Bank for Africa, UBA.

After the money was transferred on July 14, 2015, the suspected fraudsters, on July 22, 2015, allegedly wrote to Access Bank to transfer of the sum of N12, million to the account of one Tee-EM Nigeria Limited domiciled with UBA.

The suspect pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to him. Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court ordered the suspect to be remanded in prison custody and adjourned to September 14, 2016 for commencement of trial,  the statement says.

[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]According to a statement by EFCC, Suinner, together with his cohort, allegedly hijacked the email address and letterhead of a company named Greenview Development Nigeria Limited and used same to write a letter to Access Bank Plc to transfer the sum of N25 million to the account of ICT Aid Foundation Cooperative Society domiciled with United Bank for Africa, UBA.[/quote]The Nigeria Cybercrime Act 2015 which makes it a criminal office to use computers, the Internet and other technology tools for criminal purposes also makes offenders risk a fine of N5 million or five years in prison or both as the case may be if found guilty of some of these offences.

Meanwhile, three other persons were also arraigned before Justice Kuewumi on a four-count charge  bordering fraudulent impersonation and conspiracy to obtain the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card of another unsuspecting customer in order to obtain money under false pretence amounting to about N18 million.

The suspects, Idorenyin Okon, Usen Akpan and Ukpai Onyike, allegedly defrauded different customers of a bank amounting to over N18 million over a two-year period.

EFCC reported that they were arrested at a Union Bank branch in Ibadan, Oyo State, while in the process of obtaining an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card of another unsuspecting customer of the bank.

The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to them, while the Counsel to the suspects pleaded with the court to grant their clients bail.

However, the prosecution counsel, opposed the bail applications, and Justice Kuewumi, after listening to both parties, ordered that the suspects be remanded in prison custody and adjourned to September 14, 2016 for hearing of the bail applications.

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