Mumbai, India -- Frank Ogbonnyaya, a Nigerian national, and his accomplice Jyotsna Ahluwalia, from Mumbai, have been arrested in Mumbai for defrauding a Kerala-based entrepreneur by offering a business deal for a medicated oil; the two fraudsters claimed the substance had aphrodisiac potential. According to police, the pair allegedly cheated Anil Kumar from Thiruvananthapuram of a big amount of money via Internet and mobile phone.
The duo were brought in Kollam, an old sea port and town in the of Kerala, on Sunday and would be produced in a local court Monday, July 1.
According to the local police, the pair suggested Kumar formed a financial partnership with them for the purpose of export of the oil, and promised it would fetch him a profit as high as 25,000 USD (N4,057,750). After after they shook hands, thed duo asked Kumar to deposit his business share in different accounts in Mumbai banks. The man complied, expecting to make handsome returns.
Kumar says he deposited Rs 1.5 crore (N41,077,285) in the accounts, as Nigerian and his Indian accomplice claimed they would soon reveal the ingredients and recipe for the making the "wonder drug." The fraudsters convinced him that the oil could be exported to various African countries, including Nigeria, which have a flourishing market for such products.
As Kumar failed to get any response from the duo once he deposited the amount, he filed a complaint with the police. The investigators first traced Jyotsna by tracking her mobile phone through which she had contacted Kumar. Then they went to Mumbai with Kumar and tracked down the Nigerian also. Both were arrested with the help of Mumbai police a couple of days ago.
Police suspected that the duo formed part of a wider hi-tech gang that would have defrauded more people in different parts of the country.