EFCC shuts Port Harcourt wonder bank, nabs 19 suspects

Posted by News Express | 31 August 2019 | 1,716 times

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•Some of the arrested Ponzi scheme suspects

Operatives of  the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),  Port Harcourt Zonal Office, have arrested 19  staff of a fake investment company floating an alleged Ponzi scheme that have defrauded members of the public to the tune of N2 billion.

The  company, Bluekey Investment Club, operating from Sonia Mall, 42 Woji Road, YKC Junction, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as a Software Development and General Contracting Firm, but allegedly veered into an interest-yielding  Ponzi scheme with  ten percent (10%) weekly returns on investment over six months. The scheme also promised total returns of invested capital after six months.

Nineteen staff of the company were rounded up on Friday, August 30, 2019 in Port Harcourt. Among them are five Principal Officers: Princess Tsaroigbara (Public Relations Officer); Onwusa Frances Chineze (Accountant); Naabe Gunugu (Payment Confirmation Staff);  Tambari Success (Customer Service); and Anorue Maureen (Receptionist). The Chairman of the company: Neenwi Swanu, was at large as at the time of arrest.

Princess Tsaroigbara told interrogators that her company was into “Digital Financial and other Technological Services” and was not sure if the company was fully registered with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. Scores of defrauded customers thronged the premises of the company seeking the intervention of the EFCC.

Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC Head, Media and Publicity, said this morning: “Items recovered from the company are computer units and a sum of N459,300. The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.”

 


Source: News Express

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