Nigerian couple held for $400,000 bank fraud

A Nigerian couple has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $400,000 from a bank. The suspects, Isaac Chibunna, 50, and his wife, Rejoice Chibunna, 48, were arrested in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for allegedly stealing more than $400,000. The reports that the deputy Police Chief of Prampi Makara district, Chea Sok, revealed that the husband and wife were arrested for defrauding the Foreign Trade Bank (FTB) of US $424,999 through electronic system. Sok said: “Now the accused are in custody at the district police station and we will send them to court today (Monday). The arrests were made following the filing of a lawsuit by the victim, a 36-year-old representative of a bank and head of FTB Operations, in Tuol Kork district, identified as Leng Sovannavat.”

In the lawsuit, the accused are alleged to have stolen over $424,999. The deputy persecutor of Phnom Penh court, Mr. Reil Sophen, charged the couple as scammers before submitting the case before the judge and detaining the suspects. The police said: “FTB bank received the information from City Bank from the USA about transferring money for 50,000 USD to Nigerian couple account at FTB bank on March 26, 2018.”

The reports revealed that the couple went to the FTB bank to withdraw 424,999 USD on March 29, and then transferred the money to China so they had only 15,869 USD left in their bank account. It wasn’t until April 5, that the FTB bank got the information from City Bank in the USA that the Nigerian couple had scammed the money from City Bank’s client. The also reports that all attempts by FTB bank to contact the couple by phone and email failed. However, the suspects were arrested immediately they arrived at FTB bank to take the money left in their bank account.