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Funds recovered for French love scam victim

02 July 2015, 21:33

Lagos - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has helped a French victim recover ?10 000 locals defrauded him in a online love scam.

The funds have been wired to the victim, one F. Mercade, through his account in France on the recommendation of the French Embassy in Nigeria.

Two internet fraudsters, Omodara Adedapo Oluseye and Adesuyi Ayodeji Adedapo, defrauded him after they deceived him into a phantom relationship that was supposedly alter-bound.

The scam was reported to the Commission via a petition from the French Consulate in Lagos, on behalf of Mercade.

The petitioner alleged that he met a Nigerian woman by name, 'Kate Williams' on the internet sometime in 2009 and they developed a relationship which was to culminate in marriage.

Also read: US love scam victim recovers funds, lauds EFCC

'Williams' was to relocate to join Mercade in France, to consummate the relationship.

While Mercade planned the logistics of the relocation, 'Williams' who purportedly did some jobs for an unnamed company in Nigeria, came up with a story that the company refused to pay 'her' for job done. 'She' sought the assistance of Mercade and the 'couple' contacted a lawyer named 'James Robert', to procure traveling documents and also help her claim money from the company owing her.

Investigations into the matter by the Commission revealed that 'Kate Williams' is the pseudonym of Omodara Adedapo Oluseye, a male student of the College of Agriculture, Akure, who, however, resides in Ibadan Oyo state.

Omodara's accomplice, Adedapo, assisted in collecting the money transferred by the victim from the Akure, Ondo State branch of a new generation bank, using forged drivers' license.

The duo were prosecuted on a two count charge  of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretences before a Federal High Court Lagos, convicted and sentenced in June 2011 to one year imprisonment each without an option of fine. 

- CAJ News

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