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Arepo landlord @EFCC over internet fraud - ITREALMS

A landlord at Arepo, Ogun State, Mr Festus Akinyemi Abiona, is now in the net of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an Internet fraud, reports ITREALMS.

Akinyemi, ITREALMS gathered was arrested Wednesday February 6,2020, at his residence in Arepo, Ogun State, having been on the run for over eight months after being on the wanted list of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations.

ITREALMS also gathered that the Ilorin Zonal office of EFCC, confirmed the arrest of the 38-year-old Nigerian, on Monday, whom the agency claimed had been on the wanted list for the past eight months over alleged fraud.

Equally, EFCC hinted ITREALMS that in a petition dated July 10, 2019, the FBI alleged that the suspect was involved in business email compromises (BEC) and other computer enabled fraud.

“In May 2016, the FBI received information that an actor or actors, bypassed online security to steal money from retirement accounts held by an insurance company for public workers in the United States, which resulted in the loss of approximately 2.5 million dollars,” the petition stated.
ITREALMS, further gathered that investigation into the case by EFCC revealed that the person behind the business email compromise is Festus Akinyemi Abiona alongside his syndicate members. 

Millions of naira have been traced to his bank accounts and some of the emails used in perpetrating the fraud have been taken over from the suspect.

” The accounts contain numerous communications between Abiona and other criminals conspirators seeking to commit business email compromises, (BEC), Tax Refund fraud, and other computer enabled fraud,” the petition further informed.

The suspect according to the EFCC,on sighting the operatives of the anti-graft agency,flushed all his Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards into the toilet and destroyed all his Automated Teller machines cards (ATMs) in order to destroy evidence, and also refused to make statements since his arrest.

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