Crime: Suspected Internet fraudster in EFCC net

Crime: Suspected Internet fraudster in EFCC net

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says, it has arrested Osondu Victor Igwilo; a suspect wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in the US since 2018.

 

Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson for the agency, disclosed this in a statement, on Monday.

 

Uwajaren said, Igwilo, 52; is the leader of a criminal network of, “catchers”.

 

He was arrested; alongside Okafor Nnamdi Chris; Nwodu Uchenna Emmanuel; as well as John Anazo Achukwu; at a studio in the Sangotedo area of Lagos.

EFCC arrests wanted fraudster

They were accused of fraud; as well as money laundering; and also identity theft; to the tune of $100 million; (approximately N57 billion; on the parallel, where forex is easily available).

 

The suspects; allegedly perpetrated a scheme; involving false promises of investment funding; impersonating United States bank officials in person; and via the internet.

 

Meanwhile, Igwilo was placed on the FBI watch list; following a criminal complaint filed against him in the U.S. District Court, Houston, Texas in December 2016.

 

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The statement read; “It was the end of the road; on Thursday, March 11, 2022; for one Osondu Victor Igwilo; who had been on the watch list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI; since 2018; when operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC; Lagos Command; swooped on him.

 

“Fifty-two-year-old Igwilo, who is the leader of a criminal network of ‘catchers’ was arrested alongside Okafor Nnamdi Chris; Nwodu Uchenna Emmanuel; as well as John Anazo Achukwu at a studio in the Sangotedo area, of Lagos for alleged fraud; money laundering; and also identity theft; to the tune of; about $100 million.

Impersonated USA bank

“Before their arrest, Igwilo and, his accomplices, had been involved in an advance-fee scheme; that involve false promises; of investment funding by individuals, who impersonated some United States of America, USA, bank officials in person; and also via the internet.

 

“However, an investigation, revealed that those who fell victims to the suspects’ criminal activities were asked to make certain payments; before they could receive their funding.

 

It was also revealed, that proceeds of the scheme were laundered through U.S. bank accounts; as well as then diverted back to the perpetrators in Nigeria.

 

“Consequently, Igwilo was placed on the FBI watch list; following a criminal complaint filed against him; in the United States District Court, Houston, Texas; in December 2016.

 

 

 

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