Friday, September 29, 2023

EFCC Arrests Club Owner For Defrauding US Govt N32million Covid-19 Funds

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A club owner in Ibadan, Adepoju Olawale Sunday of De Rock Club has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for defrauding the US government of N32 million Covid-19 funds.

The Ibadan Zonal branch of the EFCC command has reportedly arraigned the club owner, Olawale Sunday before the court.

This was made known in a statement issued by the EFCC on Wednesday, noting that Adepoju, 36, defrauded the American government and unsuspecting American citizens of thousands of dollars during the COVID–19 pandemic.

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The case was presided upon by Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court.  Sunday was levied with two separate charges which include alleged involvement in cybercrime and obtaining funds under false pretense.

The first charge comes with eight counts including identity theft, obtaining covid-19 funds and unemployment benefits from the United States government, and transfer of proceeds of crime to another person called Owoade Emmanuel David.

Investigation revealed that the club owner through his small business in the US stole some personal identities of American citizens which he used in filing false benefit claims.

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The statement reads in part “The EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Command on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, arraigned the owner of Ibadan-based Club, De Rock Club, Adepoju Olawale Sunday alias SSG before Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State on two separate charges for his alleged involvement in cybercrime, and obtaining money under false pretense to the tune of N31,821,000.00 (Thirty-One Million, Eight Hundred and Twenty-One Thousand Naira).

“Investigations revealed that Adepoju, 36, who claimed to be a graduate of Industrial Chemistry of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Osun State had, during the COVID–19 pandemic swindled American government and unsuspecting American citizens thousands of dollars.

“Investigations also showed that Adepoju through the US Small Business Administration (SBA), a programme established in New York City during Covid-19 to help Americans build resilient businesses, stole personal identifying information of American citizens which he deployed in filing false benefits claims,” the statement added

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