An inmate serving 24 years ran an online scam in Nigerian maximum security prison. The man used a network of accomplices to run an international scam that brought in $1 million, according to officials.
The inmate that ran an online scam
Hope Olusegun Aroke convicted of fraud four years ago. He was held at a maximum-security prison in Lagos. This was according to Nigeria’s economic and financial crimes commission.
While in prison, he worked with accomplices to commit fraud to target various victims in other nations. During that time, due to undisclosed illness authorities took him to the hospital. Instead of returning to prison he ended up in hotels where he’d meet his wife and children. Authorities said.
The commission said,
Preliminary investigation revealed that the convict, against established standard practice, had access to the 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, investigation are ongoing.
Wilson Uwujaren, a spokesman for the economic and financial crimes commission, declined to provide details. The details on how Aroke was able to attend social events and get perks as an inmate. Furthermore, he said he cannot say whether he paid off prison officials in exchange for brief freedom.
“All that is under investigation, I cannot speculate,” via CNN on the phone.
Moreover, to conduct his transactions, Aroke used a fake name, Akinwunmi Sorinmade, to open two accounts, authorities said. He also bought homes in posh neighborhoods and a series of luxury cars registered in his wife’s name, authorities said.
Above all, in his latest scam, he targeted victims in various countries, Uwujaren said. He declined to provide details on what countries, citing an ongoing investigation.