- Police in Imo state have arrested an undergraduate and three others for impersonating a US soldier and defrauding a Dane of €15,000
- The suspects were apprehended after the victim flew into the country and lodged a complaint at the state command headquarters
- The prime suspect reportedly confessed to committing the crime, while being paraded
A 22-year-old undergraduate of a university in Imo state, Nicholas Lambert, and three others have been arrested by operatives of the state police command, for impersonating a US Army sergeant and defrauding a Danish woman, Jeanette Brunsma, of €15,000.
The state commissioner of police, Dasuki Galadanchi, said 11 laptops and 20 phones of different brands were recovered from Lambert and his accomplices - Collins Njoku 22; Bright Chukwuezi, 23; and Chukwuemeka Ononiwu, 27, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that while parading the suspects, the CP said they had engaged in “advanced fee fraud, otherwise known as yahoo-yahoo to defraud the Dane.”
He said: “After defrauding Brunsma of the €15,000, the suspects made a fresh demand of €1,500. The prime suspect, Lambert, met the victim on Facebook, bearing a fake name, Johnson Mills, in order to commit the crime.”
The CP further narrated how the suspects were apprehended; disclosing that the victim had flown into the country and lodged a complaint at the state command headquarters which led to investigations by the police.
He said the suspects were arrested within 24 hours following the victim’s statement and “a digital construction analysis.”
Galadanchi said: “The suspects - Nicholas Lambert, aka Johnson Mills of Onumonu street, Owerri; Collins Njoku of Umudim Umuduruonyeoma, in the Ikeduru local governmrnt area; Bright Chukwuezi of Umudim Umuduruonyeoma and Chukwuemeka Ononiwu also of Umudim Umuduruonyeoma, were arrested on September 3, 2018.
“They were arrested by a combined team of operatives of Scorpion Squad and the monitoring unit of the command for advanced fee fraud.
“The main suspect who claimed to be a US Army sergeant by name Johnson Mills (Nicholas Lambert) serving in Kabul, Afghanistan, and his friends, who claimed to be Red Cross agents, were arrested in Imo state.
“We swooped on them at their hideout in Umuodu Mbieri, in the Mbaitoli LGA after the victim lodged a formal complaint to the police.
“The suspects have made useful statements to the police, confessing to have defrauded Jeanette Brunsma of Ringwey 10, Weiloo, Netherlands, of the sum of €15,000. The exhibits recovered from the suspects include 11 laptops and 20 phones of different brands.”
The prime suspect, Lambert, also reportedly confessed to committing the crime.
He said: “I met Jeanette on Facebook; I claimed to be a US solider to defraud him of €15,000. After the initial payment, I demanded another €1,500, after which I was arrested by the police in my hotel room.”
He said the other suspects were not aware that he made another demand on the victim.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that two Nigerians were arrested in Korea for belonging to a group of online scammers who duped male and female Koreans of over 640 million won, which is about N179 million ($571,000).
According to the Daejeon Police Agency’s cyber bureau, the two men were indicted for running romance scams targeting Koreans via social media.
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