Friday, 31 October 2014

EFCC arraigns UNIBEN undergraduate over $12,000 internet scam

Find the EFCC press statement below...

The Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, October
30, 2014 arraigned an undergraduate of the
University of Benin, Kenneth Rukewe

Ebule before Justice E. F Ikponmwen of an
Edo State High Court, sitting in Benin- City
on a 6- count charge bordering on forgery,
obtaining money by false pretence and
possession of fraudulent documents.The
accused person allegedly duped Sabine
Albert, a German, of the sum of $12, 088,
75 through fraudulent claims.
Rukewe, 30, a final year student of Computer and
Statistics at the University of Benin, was arrested
by officials of a new generation bank on May 28,
2014 in Benin City and handed over to the EFCC
for further investigation.
Troubles started for him when Albert alleged that
within two months after he had internet contact
with him, Rukewe fraudulently obtained the sum
of $12,088,75 (Twelve Thousand Eighty Eight
Dollars and Seventy Five Cents) from him.
Rukewe allegedly posed to Albert as an English
businessman on transit in Nigeria. He gave his
name as Bob Albert and told his victim that he
had a contract with a Nigerian company worth
€1.200, 000.00 and that he needed a loan to
facilitate a transaction with the company. He
promised to pay back the loan and even doubled
it because he was sure of pulling through the
transactions. He also told Albert that he had
complications and suffered a robbery attack.
Rukewe also falsely told Albert that, a levy of of
N1,975,861 (One Million, Nine Hundred and
Seventy Five Thousand, Eight Hundred and Sixty
One Naira only) was imposed on him by the
Federal Inland Revenue Service for the release of
his International Passport, and a cheque worth 1,
200,000 Euros. He also pleaded for a flight ticket
to London.
Based on all these, Albert offered to loan him the
money by sending it through Western Union, only
to discover that he had been scammed.
Investigation also revealed that the suspect had
defrauded other German nationals to the tune of
$110,975.00USD (One Hundred and Ten
thousand, Nine Hundred and Seventy Five United
States Dollars) between May 2013 and January
When the charges were read to the defendant, he
pleaded not guilty.
One of the charges read in part:
“Ebule Kenneth Rukewe (a.k.a. Bob Albert), on or
about the 17th day of July, 2013 within the
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with Intent
to defraud, obtained the sum of $12,088,75
(Twelve Thousand Eighty Eight Dollars and
Seventy Five Cents) from Sabine Albert (a
German National), under the false pretence that
the money represented part payment of
N1,975,861 (One Million Nine Hundred and
Seventy Kobo) levy imposed one Bobby Albert (a
British citizen) by Federal Inland Revenue Service
for the release of the International Passport,
Cheque worth 1,200,000 Euros and flight ticket
to London of the said Bobby Albert, which
representation you knew to be false”.
In view of the plea of the defendant, prosecution
counsel, Kayode Oni asked for a trial date and
prayed the court to remand the defendant in
prison custody. The defence counsel, Maureen
Morka informed the court of her application for
bail dated September 9, 2014 and prayed the
court to grant the defendant bail.
Justice Ikponmwen granted the defendant bail in
the sum of One Million Naira and two sureties in
like sum. The sureties must be resident in Benin
City and must be gainfully employed in Edo
State. The defendant must also produce his
student identity card.
Justice Ikponmwen subsequently adjourned the
case to November 21, 2014 for hearing and
ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison
custody pending the perfection of his bail.

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