Imo State University Student Arrested For Online Dating Fraud (Chibuzor Akobundu)

internet fraudster arrested in imo stateChibuzor far right

June 26, 2013 – Imo State University Final Year Student , Chibuzor Akobundu Arrested For Duping American Women On Dating Site

A final year student of Imo State University, Chibuzor Akobundu, has been arrested by operatives of Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, for allegedly swindling foreign women to the tune of $48,000 through a dating website.

Surprisingly, the 22-year-old Microbiology undergraduate confessed that his victims, resident in the United States of America, were ‘swept off their feet’ by his profile on the dating site.

He spoke with journalists yesterday, while being paraded alongside two staff of a second generation bank, who allegedly facilitated the withdrawal of money via Western Union Money Transfer.

The suspect adopted Devon Miles as his name and pasted a photograph of an unknown American citizen as his profile on the dating site.

Victims

He confessed to have swindled five American single women within the ages of 40 and 50, in search for husbands.

He gave the name of his first victim as Antoinette. He promised to marry her and was able to dupe her of $16,000 before she suspected he was a fraudster.

His next victim was one Jettie Simpson, who reportedly sent $5,000 to him via Western Union.

Others also duped by Akobundu were Shelly Bashir, $100; Billie Klock, $13,000, in a relationship that reportedly lasted for five months, and Andrea Desena, $8,000.

‘How I operate’

Akobundu said: “I started browsing the dating site three years ago, posing as a US citizen residing in Nigeria.

“At that time, it was a common game around my area in Ikeja. Along the line I met these ladies who were looking for husbands.

“They fell in love with me because of my profile, where I stated that I was a 49-year-old divorcee in search of a wife. I claimed to be an engineer.

“I would tell them I was stranded in Nigeria and needed some money to travel back to US and they would send the money via Western Union.

“At other times, I would tell them that my daughter was sick and that I needed money to offset her hospital bill and they would fall for the trick. I have never used charm to hypnotise any of them.

“My parents were never aware of what I was into because anytime I got a reasonable amount, I would travel to South Africa and squander the money.

“My regret is that I never used the money for anything tangible, to avoid suspicion. My mum is a teacher, while my father is a businessman and have been responsible for the payment of my school fees.”

Victim’s story

Explaining how he was arrested, spokesperson for the Unit, Ngozi Insitume-Agu, said: “The arrest followed a petition via the Unit’s website from one Amelia Brosick, a US citizen, dated April 16, 2013, where she alleged that one Devon Miles, suspected to be a Nigerian, defrauded her to the tune of $16,439 using different tactics.

“She added that she met the suspect on a dating site in June 2012, and the suspect, under the guise of dating her for the purpose of marriage, obtained the alleged sum fraudulently through Western Union.

“Armed with the petition, Western Union was contacted and they sent a detailed spread sheet showing all the transfers in the name of the suspect.

“Following the information, the duo of Nnamdi Nwakwue Dike and Olawale Oguniran attached to Western Union in Skye Bank, Owerri and Allen Avenue, Ikeja, branches, respectively, were arrested.

“Their revealing statements led to the arrest of the serial internet fraudster, Chibuzor Akobundun also known as Devon Miles, Martin Williams and Sani Bala Ismaila. He adopted Devon as the internet name, but opened the account in the name of Martin Williams.

Accomplices confess

“He confessed that he provided the bank staff with the photocopy of his identity card so that they could withdraw the monies, while he gave them some percentage.

“The bank staff also confessed that they used Uche’s particulars to withdraw money from other persons’ accounts without his knowledge.”

However, Dike of the Owerri branch denied knowledge of what Akobundun was into. He maintained that he was only doing his job as a front-line teller staff of the bank, adding that he had never at any time paid Akobundu above the stipulated amount.

He said: “Anytime he came to collect the money, he would answer the question given  correctly, including the secret code.

“Mine is to ascertain whether the details corresponded with what was in the system at the end of which I would hand his money over to him.”

Asked if he received any gratification from Akobundu, he said he was given tips of N1,000 or N2,000 at times, just like some other bank customers do.

[Report culled from Vanguard]

20 thoughts on “Imo State University Student Arrested For Online Dating Fraud (Chibuzor Akobundu)

  1. make then leave this guyz now. Bokoharam they there then no fit catch them. Oyinbo men and women has done worst to nigerians more this directly or indirectly.

  2. Hahahhhaa make una free the guy joor…he dn’t comit any sin…but guy u fuckup say u knw use d money for anything tangible..y nt bank d money ??????

  3. oluwatomisin, funmiolayo and funky, i guess they dont do something good in your families but if they do, you won’t be chastising this guy, instead you should be raining curses on the govt who led this guy to venture into such means of livelihood, foolish people!

  4. na wow ooooooooo efcc ,make dem live this men na so live dey we makes money in a hand ways nigeria for you,,,,,,……..Nna cool dn.

  5. Waiting u expect frm dis guy nah? D guy is in a country where a governor use 15illion dollars as a bribe, where a president‘s wife wants to use 40billion naira for president wife‘s quarters. Live dis guy alone, d one way our leaders don do pass dis one billon times, d guy no kuku get hope for job at d end of his university. D only pain is dat d guy no invest d money!

  6. Efcc τ̅☺ U̶̲̥̅̊ now,U̶̲̥̅̊ think U̶̲̥̅̊ ® workingT.Tell •̸Ϟﻉ °˚˚ all D̶̲̥̅̊ thievies U̶̲̥̅̊ caught,where ® D̶̲̥̅̊ moneis U̶̲̥̅̊ collected 4rm dem.U̶̲̥̅̊ ® All thieves.dere 3 just diferent types of thief.baby,growin &matured 1s.pls do ur work & leave dis baby theif alone.The wife of OYO state Governer was caught last 3mouth i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ abroad wif a cash of millions of dollars.
    ,EFCC wat did U̶̲̥̅̊ do.mtchew.GOD is watching all of U̶̲̥̅̊.U̶̲̥̅̊ wil all rought i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ HEll fire. i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ jesus name  pray.amin.Foolish pple

  7. See d kind Govt wey we dey in2! The Govt wey dey reason anticlockwise. I tier ooo! Na una money b dat? Wetin concern 9ja Govt here? Imagine Pot calling Kettle BLACK -Haahahahahahahaaa! mak una free those men b4 i count 10! 9, 9 n half………………….

  8. @funmilayo @funky, To hell with you all. last few months, a bill was passed to the Senate president for them to pay all graduate without work 20k per month, it was rejected. And you are out there writing rubbish, how re we so sure your Dad wasn’t an armed robber during his own time. Abi ur broda don do yahoo before and he no see money collect. God Punish U All Bastards. And to EFCC and the Nigerian Goverment, God punish U all…….Busy Finger Never Lack!!!

  9. Why our Nigerians de fuck up like dis, wetin dis guys do una, abeg make una free dem joor. Una wan show say una be good nigerians but Ordinary Boko Haram de fear una. Selfish people. You people should leave them bcos none of them stole una personal Money. Ndi ara .. Le Le

  10. Efcc na God go punish una and whoever give una job mk una no do una work thief una don write waitin una like monie wen una collect una no write am he no settle una well abi na God go judge una abi shelly bashir, na your sister or billie klock na una mama make boko haram finish una or you wen carry the case 4 head u marry andrea desena put for house, u think u are working put u are doing the worst to d image of d country if d country still get 1 self

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