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2 Nigerians Impersonate Anthony Joshua and Scam British Ladies Out of N11m

2 Nigerians Impersonate Anthony Joshua and Scam British Ladies Out of N11m

  • Two suspected internet fraudsters have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for a £15000 (N11m) scam
  • The culprits reportedly impersonated Nigerian-British heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua and defrauded two British ladies in 2019
  • The incidents which happened in 2019, came in the form of separate scams of £10,000 and £5,491

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two Nigerians for the impersonation of heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua.

Anthony Joshua

The two suspected fraudsters named Ukhuriegbe Irekpitan and Onyekwa Chinedum were arraigned before Justice S. M. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court in Benin, Edo State on Monday.

According to an EFCC-issued statement from Spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren, the duo are facing a two-count charge of impersonation each.

The defendants allegedly sent electronic messages to two ladies and defensive defrauded them off £10,000 and £5,491,23 in 2019.

According to section 14 (2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc) Act 2015, the offenses are punishable by law.

One of the charges against one of the impostors reads:

“You Onyekwe Joshua Chinedum (a.k.a Anthony Joshua) sometime in 2019 did with intent to defraud sent electronic messages which materially misrepresent facts to Samantha Johnson, a lady in London which messages she relied upon and which made her suffer financial loss in the sum of £10,000.”

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Both alleged impostors pleaded not guilty to the financial crime as the case was adjourned to October 21, 2021.

Presiding Justice Shuaibu ordered that the defendants be remanded in custody till the adjourned date.

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