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Love scam: EFCC returns property recovered from internet fraudster to American victim

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal Command, on Thursday, September 7, 2023, handed over property recovered from a convicted fraudster, Aisosa Kelvin Ohue, alias Frederick Leonard, to his American victim, Cheryldene Cook.

The property which include the sum of N19, 000,000,000 (Nineteen Million Naira), a three bedroom semi-detached duplex at Ward 36A Amagba Community in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, a Lexus E350 saloon car, an iPhone 13 Pro Max and a Samsung A31 phone were presented to the victim in Abuja by the Zonal Commander, ACE I Adebayo Adeniyi and the Head, Advanced Fee Fraud Section 1, ACE II Jimoh Rauf. Cheryldene Cook who flew in from the United States of America to receive the items was accompanied to the Commission by her lawyer, Dr. Mike Nwosu. She expressed her appreciation to the Commission for the recovery.

Justice C.E Nwecheonwu of the Federal Capital Territory High, Kuje had in January ordered the forfeiture of the property after Orhue was convicted of a three count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretense. The convict cheated the victim in a love scam while pretending to be a famous actor, Frederick Leonard.

Count one of the charge read, “that you, Aiosa Kelvin Orhue (AKA Fredrick Leonard) sometimes in 2021, at Abuja within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court, by false pretense and with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N104,000,000 (One Hundred and Four Million Naira) only from one Cheryldene Cook, that you are one Frederick Leonard who is in love with her and you made her to believe that you are going to marry her which you knew to be false and you  thereby  committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Sections 1 (1)(a) and 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 respectively”.

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