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COVID-19 scam: Two Nigerians arrested for defrauding a German company of 14.7m euros

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The Cybercrime Unit of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL, National Central Bureau, Abuja has arrested two (2) suspects for their complicity in a major multi-million Euro scam touching on the procurement of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

 

A statement released by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Police Force, Frank Mba on Sunday September 6, says the suspects, Babatunde Adesanya a.k.a Teddy, 50years old Master degree holder in Cell Biology and Akinpelu Hassan Abass, 41years old, the M.D Musterpoint Investment Nig. Ltd, who are members of a “sophisticated transnational criminal network,” allegedly cloned the corporate website of ILBN Holdings BV, Holland to transact with and defraud one Freiherr Fredrick Von Hahn, a representative of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

 

The arrest of the suspects was sequel to a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) received by the Bureau from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice conveying a request from the German Government for investigations into a fraudulent transaction on the procurement of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment linked to a Nigerian-based Bank Account.

 

Discrete investigations by INTERPOL Nigeria revealed that the suspects and their Holland-based cohorts, one Eduardus Boomstra and Geradius Maulder specialized in identity theft, cyber-stalking, cloning of corporate websites amongst other cyber mischiefs to defraud unsuspecting members of the public across the world. In this instance, the suspects fraudulently obtained from Mr Freiherr Fredrick Von Hahn the sum of 1.5m Euro and another 880,000 Euro as advanced payment for the supply of COVID-19 PPEs valued at 14.7million Euros. Disturbed by the non-arrival of the PPEs, Mr Freiherr Fredrick Von Hahn eventually visited the corporate office of ILBN Holdings BV in Holland to inquire reasons for the delay in supplying the items only to find out that the company never did business with him and that the transaction was a scam. The fraudsters merely cloned the company’s website and falsely presented themselves as representatives of the company before subsequently executing the fraudulent transaction. Consequently, he reported the case of fraud to the Police in Holland and this led to the arrest of Eduardus Boomstra and Geradius Maulder in Holland and investigations extended to Nigeria.

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Investigation by INTERPOL Nigeria further revealed that Babatunde Adesanya received 498,000 Euro from Eduardus Boomstra and Geradius Maulder through his Citibank London account and transferred same to an account number domiciled with a Lagos branch of a leading commercial bank in Nigeria belonging to Musterpoint Investment Nig. Ltd.” the statement in part reads

 

While commending the Commissioner of Police, INTERPOL, CP Garba Baba Umar and operatives of INTERPOL Nigeria, Cybercrime Unit for a job well done, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni assured members of the public and the international community of the commitment of the Force to tackling cybercrimes and other transnational crimes.

 

Mba said the suspects will be arraigned before a competent court of law soon.

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Nigerian man jailed for posing as a lady and using nude photos to dupe men

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A 29-year-old Nigerian man, identified as Usman Muhammed, has been arraigned in a Kwara state high court for allegedly posing as a lady and using nude pictures to dupe men.

Muhammed was sentenced to six months imprisonment by the presiding judge, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye.

According to report, the convict who is an internet fraudster pretending to be female was arrested in his house in Abeokuta.

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It was learnt that MUhammed uses female nude photos sourced online to fraudulently obtain money from unsuspecting internet users

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The 29-year old internet fraudster, was arraigned over an offence punishable under Section 95 of the Penal Code Laws of Northern Nigeria.

The charge reads,

“That you, Usman Muhammed (a.k.a Adepeju Omolara and Guns Omolara Valle), sometime in February, 2020 or thereabout at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of his honourable court, attempted to commit an offence of cheating by impersonation by pretending and representing yourself to be a woman called Omolara Adepeju and Guns Omolara Valle, to unsuspected men on social media as it contained in both your Facebook and WhatsApp conversations on your phone and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 95 of the Penal Code Laws of Northern Nigeria.”

He however pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced to six month imprisonment or he pays a fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira only ) within 24 hours.

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‘Cheer’ star, Jerry Harris, 21, charged with producing child pornography after admitting he had ‘anal and oral sex’ with a 15-year-old boy

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Jerry Harris, one of the stars of the Netflix documentary series Cheer, has been arrested and charged with producing child pornography.

 

The American TV personality, 21, was arrested on Thursday morning, September 17, and charged with one count of producing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois said.

 

The arrest comes three days after 14-year-old twin boys, Charlie and Sam, filed a lawsuit alleging he sent them sexually explicit photos of himself and cornered one of them in a bathroom and begged for oral sex when they were 13 years old.

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Harris admitted during an interview after FBI agents raided his home on Monday that he had asked one of the twins to send him photographs and videos of his penis and buttocks on Snapchat. He said he repeatedly asked one of them between December 2018 and March of this year for such photographs and videos.

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He also admitted to agents that he solicited and received explicit messages on Snapchat from at least 10 to 15 individuals he knew were minors, had anal/oral sex with a 15-year-old at a cheerleading competition in 2019, and paid a 17-year-old money in exchange for nude photos.

 

During Thursday’s court appearance, prosecutors said Harris is a danger to the community and asked that he should be held without bond.

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He remains in custody pending a detention hearing on Monday morning where he is expected to appear in person.

 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the crime is punishable by a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison if Harris is found guilty.l

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Man charged with killing and dismembering his girlfriend in Kentucky

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A Kentucky man has been charged in connection with the gruesome murder of his girlfriend who was dismembered before her body parts were hauled in suitcases all the way to south suburban Markham.

 

Police said Melvin Martin Jr., 30, who was initially charged as a fugitive took his girlfriend’s remains on a Greyhound bus to visit family in Markham, traveling more than five hours with the body parts to the Chicago Greyhound station at 630 W. Harrison St.

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Markham spokesman, Michael Taylor said in a statement that Martin was arrested on Monday at the Markham Public Library after curious family members made the discovery.

 

The spokesman said some parts of the woman’s body were found in Illinois, while the other half was found in Kentucky.

 

‘A severed head and other body parts were found in the bags, while police in Kentucky found the woman’s torso,’ he said.

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‘Martin had been staying with family for about a week, and family members became curious after he asked them on at least two occasions to purchase clothing for him despite arriving on a Greyhound bus in Chicago toting the bags’.

 

‘Martin eventually moved the two bags to the home’s garage, and the family made the discovery after Martin had left for the library,’ Taylor added.

 

Detectives believe the girlfriend was killed at least 30 days ago with Markham Police Chief Terry White saying the woman’s death could be the result of a domestic dispute that occurred about a month ago.

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When asked by police why he brought his girlfriend’s remains to Illinois, Martin Jr. delivered a shocking reply.

 

“He indicated that, as grotesque as it might sound, that he still wanted to be with at least part of her,” said Markham police Chief.

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