A scammer from Nigeria who is currently serving jail sentence was able to mastermind and made a way with one million dollars. Hope Olusegun Aroke is a Nigerian internet scammer who was sentenced to 24 years in a Nigerian maximum security prison. Anti –corruption officials say that he was able to use a network of collaborators to conduct an international scam of $1 million while still in jail.
He was charged with fraud four years ago and was sent to a maximum Security prison in Kirikiri Lagos, according to Nigeria’s economic and financial crimes commission.
An opening investigation revealed that while in prison, he worked with accomplices to commit more fraud that targeted victims in various nations, the commission said in a statement on Tuesday. During that time, he was taken to the hospital for an undisclosed illness and instead of returning to prison, he ended up in hotels, where he’d meet his wife and children, and attend social functions, authorities said.
The commission said that the “Preliminary investigation revealed that the convict, against established standard practice, had access to internet and mobile phone in the correctional center where he is supposed to be serving his jail term”… “The circumstance of his admission into the hospital and those who aided his movement from the hospital to hotels and other social engagements is already being investigated”, he added.
A spokesman for the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Wilson Uwujaren, refused to provide details on how the convict was able to attend social events and get all those advantages while being an inmate. He said he cannot say whether he paid off prison officials in exchange for the brief freedom. “All that is under investigation, I cannot speculate,” Uwujaren told CNN by phone.
He used a fake name to carry out his transactions according to authorities and he also bought homes in high-class neighborhoods and a chain of luxury cars which he registered to his wife’s name. “The convict was also in possession of his wife’s bank account token in prison, which he used to freely transfer funds,” the commission said.