A 21-year-old lady identified as Cynthia Atuonah has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) for allegedly defrauding her German lover of $2,220,000 . According to the PSFU spokesperson, the suspect lured the 50-year-old victim on Instagram, where she claimed to be a model and owner of a massage spa called “The-Chi-Place”.
She allegedly feigned romantic intentions and convinced the victim to emigrate to Nigeria, with promises of marriage and a joint business outfit. She further persuaded him to sell his house in Stuttgart and transfer the proceeds, along with his pensions and life savings, to her domiciliary account at Fidelity Bank, to buy a house in Nigeria where they could both live as husband and wife.
In a bid to dispel suspicion, the victim was made to meet Atuonah’s parents in Akwa Ibom, where they blessed the union. Part of the proceeds of the crime was used to buy a 2-bedroom terrace apartment at Zara Estate, Ikota Villa, Lekki Phase II, to support her mother’s business and pay medical bills of her father, according to the suspect.
Johnson stated that investigations are ongoing to recover the rest of the proceeds, and that Cynthia would be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.