The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a 29-year-old Ume Ifechukwu Clinton for impersonation, computer-related fraud, obtaining by false pretence and money laundering.
According to a statement released by the anti-graft agency on Thursday, October 20, Clinton was arrested on Tuesday, October 18, at No 46 Atoke Gbadebo Street, Isheri, Lagos.
EFCC operatives made the arrest following a media report detailing how Clinton defrauded Axelle Mahieu, an educator working as a caregiver in Brussels, Belgium.
Mahieu was surfing through her Facebook page in November 2021 when she saw that Clinton had sent her a message, introducing himself as “a friend of a friend”.
As they continued chatting in the following days, Clinton told Mahieu that he was an EFCC official and showed her a fake Identity Card and Nigerian Passport as proof.
After several months of video calls and gaining Mathieu’s trust, Clinton allegedly proposed a cryptocurrency business to her, assuring her of huge profit and secured capital.
After convincing the Belgian, Clinton defrauded her €45,000, about N19.2 million.