The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Monday, 23 January, 2017 arraigned a man identified as Akintunde Vincent Abiodun before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of Lagos State High court Ikeja on charges bordering on forgery and obtaining Money by false pretence.
Abiodun, who is a 37-year-old HND holder from Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Edo State, is said to have defrauded D. Bonnici of $267,000 (Two Hundred and Sixty Seven Thousand New Zealand Dollars, his victim, by claiming to be Christopher Williams from United Kingdom.
Bonnici, recounted in court that she met Akintunde on a dating site in no time fell in love with him. He started collecting money from her, claiming he was in possession of gemstone worth $18,050,000 (Eighteen Million and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars), which he purportedly inherited from his father. And also lied that he was coming to Zealand to marry her.
The lady further alleged that the money she sent to the suspect were received in Malaysia and Nigeria by persons bearing Norisha, Jalan Klan, and Mohammed Haizam Bin Fauzin. All who claimed to be Abiodun’s friends .
The defendant, however pleaded not guilty after the charges were read to him.
The matter was adjourned to 7 and 8 March, 2017 for trial.