An Internet fraudster has been remanded in prison for allegedly defrauding a white woman of the sum of $267,000.
Abiodun who was dragged to the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, January 23, 2017, on an amended charge bordering on forgery and obtaining money by false pretence, was said to have defrauded the victim, D. Bonnici of the sum while claiming to be one Christopher Williams from the United Kingdom.
According to the EFCC, Abiodun, an HND holder from Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, had met the victim on a dating site on the Internet and after chatting for a while, she allegedly fell in love with him.
The victim in a petition sent to the EFCC, said Abiodun started collecting money from her after he claimed he was in possession of gemstone worth $18,050,000 which he purportedly inherited from his father.
She further said that the accused hoodwinked her into believing that he was coming to New Zealand to settle down with her and sent the money to accounts in Malaysia and Nigeria belong to persons bearing Norisha, Jalan Klan, and Mohammed Haizam Bin Fauzin, whom Abiodun claimed were his friends and business associates.
When the 14 counts were read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty and in view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, Sesan Ola, prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody, opposing the bail application filed by defence counsel, O.P. Daramola, on the grounds that Abiodun had attempted to travel to the United States while on administrative bail and was similarly denied a Canadian visa
Justice Ipaye consequently dismissed the bail application and ordered that the suspect be remanded in Kirikiri Prison while adjourning the case to March 7 and 8, 2017, for trial.