Thursday, September 19, 2013

Jailed in UK for Fraud, Suspect Commits Same Crime in Nigeria

A few years after he was released from custody for his involvement in
credit card fraud in the United Kingdom, convicted serial fraudster,
Charles Sanusi, has again become embroiled in yet another scam.
THISDAY gathered that after serving his jail term in one of the UK
prisons, he was deported back to Nigeria, but allegedly started up
another visa racket scheme.
The suspect was paraded by the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria
Police, alongside his accomplice, one Jude Esebanmhen, who was
arrested with a fake UK entry clearance visa when he attempted to
apply for a Spanish visa.
According to the spokesperson of SFU, Ngozi Isintume-Agu, a Deputy
Superintendent of Police, the unit was alerted in a petition by the
British Deputy High Commission who reported that Esebanmhen with
passport no A04701778 had applied for a six-month visitor's visa.
She said the visa application by the 26-year-old Esebanmhen, a
graduate of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, was rejected when it was
discovered that the visa was fake after a trained forgery officer had
examined it.
She said: "Esebanmhen was arrested and confessed to the crime. He
admitted that he met a travel agent who promised to assist him to
procure a Spanish visa. The agent introduced him to one Mr. Olawole
who unknown to him forged the document and stamp on the passport.
"He also stated that the passport was submitted to the Spanish Embassy
and he was later called by the embassy for collection of his visa and
subsequently arrested."
She said: "For Sanusi, he is not an appointed agent but assists
prospective travellers to procure visas to London, Spain, France and
other documents like hotel reservations, insurance certificates,
tickets, invitation letters, employment documents and statements of
"He confessed that he procured the fake documents for the principal
suspect. The fake documents included a letter of appointment,
statement of account, fake visa, fake arrival and departure stamps of
Benin Republic, Cote d'Voire, Togo, Ghana and UK.
"He further stated that all the fake documents were procured through
the assistance of one Alhaji Oyekanmi and he admitted he collected the
sum of N150,000 for the service."
Isintume-Agu said the unit's Commissioner of Police, Tunde Ogunsakin,
has intensified efforts to arrest the fleeing Oyekanmi, who is still
at large.

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