The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a suspected internet fraudster, Gbenga Yusuf John, who is accused of defrauding an American lady whom he met on a dating site.
John who allegedly claimed to own a number of rental properties in Southwest Florida, was arraigned before Justice Nicol-Clay of the Lagos high court on Monday, March 27.
He was arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and forgery.
NAIJ.com gathered that the accused person allegedly told the victim that he was currently in Africa to give aid to victims of Ebola disease and sought her assistance in managing his rental deposit while he was way.
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The unsuspecting victim who agreed to help allegedly processed the rental deposits and received thousands of dollars in postal money order mailed directly to her by the accused person.
She then allegedly deposited cheques, acquired cash and then transferred the funds through Western Union to Yusuf.
One of the counts reads: "Gbenga Yusuf John on or about the 26th day of February, 2006 in Lagos within the Lagos Judicial Division, had in your possession a document dated Tuesday, February 3, 2015 in which you represented yourself as James Carter, born and raised in United State of America but presently reside in Nigeria where you are doing electronic business which representation you knew or ought to have known to be false having regard to the circumstances of this case."
The accused, Gbenga Yusuf, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
Justice Nicol-Clay remanded the accused person in prison custody and adjourned the case to Tuesday, June 20, 2017 for hearing of the bail application and the continuation of trial.
Watch NAIJ.com's the scoop below: