Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have arrested a suspected female fraudster, identified as Gladys who ran out of luck over the weekend after a complaint was filed against her by one Nkiruka Okon whom she defrauded of N7 million.
According to SUN, Police investigation reveals that the suspect also used a network platform to swindle unsuspecting victims, including a Lagos society woman who was duped of mammoth sums.
During interrogation, the suspect said:
“I met Okon, a banker who reported me to the police in Port Harcourt, in 2008. I did not mean evil. We were just friends then. Later in 2015, I marketed a product, Healthy Halogen Oven, to her. The product was imported into Nigeria by a network marketing company, Avenues to Wealth,”
“As a network marketer and a partner to the company, my duty was to bring potential customers and partners into the business for a win-win profit-making, both for the customer and myself.
“I told Okon about the Healthy Oven, which was one of the products of Avenues to Wealth sold for N12,000 at company price. We agreed to partner in buying a large quantity of the product; Okon put together the financial capital, while I did the marketing and transportation of the product to the customers. Along the line, things did not work out well. It was not my intention to swindle her.”
According to the victim, Okon, she decided to go into partnership with her after which she got duped.
“I got interested in the healthy oven marketing business and decided to go into partnership with Gladys, whom I had known for many years while I was in Port-Harcourt,” she said.
“We agreed to buy about 410 units of the oven from the company, where one sells for N12,000 and agreed to sell at the rate of N20,000. I made a deposit of N4,500,000 to Gladys’ account on the agreement that after the sale I would get back N7.5 million plus the profit, but she refused to stick to the agreement in our memorandum of understanding.
“When I called her, she refused to pick my calls and absconded for over one year. Then I realised I had been duped by the person I thought was my business partner. All efforts to persuade Gladys to pay my money proved abortive, as she continued to give me one excuse or another.”
The police are still investigating the matter ahead of possible prosecution.