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We have insiders in commercial banks' suspected fraudsters confess

The Lagos State Police
Command has arrested three
suspected fraudsters identified
as Kola Osho, Oyedepo
Adesola and Kola Ademola,
who allegedly specialize in
withdrawing money from
people’s bank accounts using
dud cheques.

According to Punch, the
police said the suspects
usually obtained the cheques
from people who are experts
in stealing cheque books from
unsuspecting people, then
they will present the cheques
to their insider in the bank,
who will dubiously verify the
account holder and the
signature before the money
could be paid out. Continue...

The men were arrested at the
Pipeline area of Abule-Egba, a
suburb in Lagos following a
tip off. While Oyedepo
Adesola and Kola Ademola
were arrested on Wednesday,
July 23, Kola Osho was
arrested the following day July
24th. They were found with
two dud cheques belonging to
a commercial bank, and some
forged letter-head documents
bearing ‘Ministry of Finance &
Economic Development'.

In his confessional statement,
57 year old Osho who hails
from Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, said
his desire to pursue a better
life abroad made him get
involved in the criminal act of
bank fraud.
"I was formerly doing
supplying and clearing
business. I wanted to use the
documents the police found
on me to process a visa to the
United Kingdom. I got the
forged documents from the
Internet. Ademola gave the
cheques to me and I returned
them because I could not
cash them. He is like a son to
me as I am his father’s friend.

So, I sent back all the
businesses he brought,
because I did not want any
trouble. I used to have
insiders in the banks, but I
have cut off from them all. I
knew I cheated when I got the
forged documents to process
my visa, but I did not have
any option. It also did not
work out.” he said
Another suspect, Kola
Ademola, 33, who hails from
Ikire, Osun State claims to be
a graduate of Business
Administration and runs an
Educational center. He said he
got the cheque books from a
certain Samson he met at
Obalende in Lagos and that
they were yet to make any
money from the cheque
books, a situation he
described as unfortunate.

“I am an Educational
Consultant. That is what I do
for a living. I also enroll pupils
for final-year examination.

Last year, I met one boy
called Samson who stayed in
Obalende, and he was the
one who got the cheques and
brought them to me. I don’t
know how he got them, but
they were original cheques.

We delivered these to the
banks insiders who worked on
them, and brought out the
cash. But because of the
present cashless policy, we
can only withdraw less than
N100,000 which would not
require the confirmation from
the signatories. This is the
third cheque I would be
bringing to Mr. Osho, but he
said he does not have any
insider in that particular bank.

On the first cheque, he said
the account did not contain
much money. The second
cheque too was not
successful. So, we have not
made any money from these
deals. It is just unfortunate.”
he said
The last suspect, Oyedepo
Adesola, aged 36, on the
other hand claims to be
innocent and was only on a
visit to Mr Osho's office when
the police arrested him.

“I hold a Higher National
Diploma from a polytechnic in
Oyo State. I studied
Accounting and finished in
2007. I do not know what the
police are talking about. I
simply came to Osho to
transact a business, and they
got me arrested. I am
innocent.” he said

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