A Nigerian prince, Osmond Eweka, from the Royal Family of Ogiesoba Eweka of the Benin Kingdom, has been arrested for fraud in US.
Eweka, 31, was arrested alongside his friend Kamel McKay, 27, for defrauding hundreds of job seekers by promising them high-paying jobs in New York.
They pretended to run two consulting firms in Manhattan telling clients that if they paid a fee they would be placed at various jobs across the state.
Prosecutors said some of the jobs Eweka and McKay promised their victims were for hotel housekeeping and front desk receptionists. The men used the popular job-seeking website Indeed.com to find their victims.
Eweka, appeared in a Manhattan court on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to charges of larceny and scheme to defraud.
Prosecutors said they would invite their victims to their office for an interview and then have them pay a fee, ranging between $300 and $700, the Post reports.
‘But in reality, there was no such job,’ she said at Eweka’s arraignment on Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court.
After collecting the money, the men would send the job seekers to different businesses, where they were turned away by employers who weren’t expecting them.
The victims then found that they could no longer get in contact with the alleged fraudsters or the consulting firm.
According to authorities, Eweka and McKay duped 250 people, they ran the alleged scam from January to June 2018.
Both men were indicted on charges of larceny and scheme to defraud. McKay was arraigned last week and released on $200,000 bail.