The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a 31-year-old Nigerian, Adio Opeyemi Michael, from Owu Local Government Area, Ogun state, for allegedly defrauding Jeanet De Jonge, a Dutch national of 200,000 Euros.
The suspect allegedly met his victim, 75-year-old De Jonge on a dating site, pretending to be a 41-year-old American citizen, working as a chef in Nigeria and desperately in need of a wife. In no time, Jeanet was attracted to him and started sending money through Western Union and Money Gram to the suspect.
The money ranges from $800 to $900 from June 2012, but Western Union later blocked her from sending money to Nigeria.
When she could no longer do so, she requested Adio to go to London to enable her send him money there.
He allegedly contacted Osas Odiah, a friend of his in London to receive the money and send it to him in Nigeria. She first sent €2000 to Osas’ account and later to his Keystone Bank Forex Trade account.
But Adio discovered that his friend was not remitting all the money sent by Jeanet to him.
The suspect told EFCC that he collected the various sums on the pretence of using the money for the perfection of his travel documents to enable him travel to Holland to visit Jeanet.
But his refusal to honour the invitation from Jeanet prompted the old woman to petition EFCC.
Adio will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.