Nigerian couple arrested over $400, 000 wire fraud in Cambodia

Another Nigerian couple has been arrested in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Monday, April 9, 2018, for allegedly stealing more than $400,000 from a bank.

Deputy Police Chief of Prampi Makara district, Chea Sok, revealed that the suspects identified as Isaac Chibunna, 50, and his wife, Rejoice Chibunna, 48, were arrested in Veal Vong commune for defrauding the Foreign Trade Bank (FTB) on street 169, Sangkat Veal Vong, Khan Prampel Makara, of US $424,999 from an electronic system.

Mr Sok said, “Now the accused are in custody at the district police station and we will send them to court today (Monday).”

He added that 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.

LIB reports that 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.

According to the police, 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 42,4999 USD on March 29 then transfer the money to China so they had only 15,869 USD left in their Bank account.

It wasn’t until April 5, 2018, 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.

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.


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