N449.5m Fraud Lands Vigilante Commandant In trouble

…as Court jails man over $240,000 Romance Scam

By: Okosun Dennis

The Commandant, Benue State Vigilante Group, (BSVG), is not a happy man as he has been arrested for allegations of fraud.

George Mbessey, who has landed himself in the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Makurdi Zonal Office, was arrested over allegation of conspiracy, abuse of office and diversion of public funds to the tune of N449.5million.

Nationalwire gathered that Mbessey, was arrested on May 27, 2020 in Makurdi following a petition urging the Commission to investigate a case of alleged financial recklessness against the suspect.

The petitioners stated that, the BSVG used to receive its official funding of N20million monthly directly from the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs through its official account.

It added that, between October 2018 and May 2020, the suspect allegedly collected funds meant for the Benue State Vigilante Group to the tune of N449,500,000 using his personal account, an act they claim did not follow due process hence the petition to the EFCC became imperative.

It was further learnt that the suspect has volunteered useful information to the Commission and would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.

Meanwhile, in another development, Justice A.T. Mohammed of Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced one Igweneme Moses(a.k.a. Griffith Doyle), to one year imprisonment for conspiracy and money laundering.

The convict was said to have defrauded his victim, Chantai Meadery of over $240,000 in February 2018 through a dating scam, with a promise of “building a future together” in Switzerland.

He was later arraigned on July 23, 2019 on a 4-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and money laundering and pleaded “not guilty”.

The convict was said to have received all the money through his UBA account number 30020624272, a domiciliary joint account belonging to him and his daughter, Igweneme Nkeiruka Blessing.

Further investigation also revealed that any time the domiciliary account was credited, Moses transfered the funds in United States dollars to a bureau de change operator who will then transfer the Naira equivalent to his daughter via UBA Naira account No. 2064404530.

However, at the resumed hearing of the case on Thursday, Moses changed his plea to “guilty” and Justice Mohammed consequently convicted Moses and sentenced him to one year imprisonment and ordered total restitution of the sum of $240,000) to the victim.

The convict has so far returned the sum of $100, 000 to the victim.

Post Author: Friday Ekeoba