EFCC Arrests Impersonator of Okonjo-Iweala's Secretary
SAN FRANCISCO, August 22, (THEWILL) - A suspected fraudster that impersonated Barrister Wilson Amarachi, Secretary to Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
John Nze Madu was arrested at Diamond Bank, Ojodu branch, Lagos, where he went to make withdrawals with an ATM card, the EFCC said in a statement.
Investigation showed that Madu defrauded Wu Qingzhu, a Chinese national, of the sum of Five Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty American Dollars ($5380) when he allegedly posed as Barrister Wilson Amarachi and deceived the Chinese into believing that he had outstanding payments to collect for contracts executed for the Nigerian government.
This he achieved by presenting the Chinese with fake documents from ranking Nigerian officials. He allegedly used different email addresses, two documents purportedly from Daily Sun Newspaper, an official gazette purportedly signed by the President Goodluck Jonathan and Senate President, David Mark and an international passport data page purportedly belonging to Bar Amarachi.
Madu contacted Qingzhu through an online message, informing him that he was expected to open a non-residence account in Nigeria and make payment of $300 (Three Hundred United States Dollars). Qingzhu complied and made two other payments: $1430 (One Thousand Four Hundred and Thirty United States Dollars) and $3650 (Three Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars), through Western Union.
Madu was arrested at the bank premises where he went to withdraw proceeds of his fraudulent activities.
He would be charged to court after investigations are concluded.