The Nigerian-led gang which has six members from Nigeria, Uganda and India, was busted after a victim of their criminal activities filed a complaint. Kheradiya, one of the suspects alleged that he was sent a friend request on Facebook by Lawrence Okosun,40, who claimed to be based in London.
However after he gained the trust of his victim, Lawrence claimed that he was looking for a business partner in India to help him acquire raw material for his cancer research. Promising Kheradiya a high return after their chats on Whatsapp, he appointed an agent in India and lured the victim to buy one litre of “Crenulata liquid vv extra solution” worth Rs 5 lakh as a sample from him. The solution was supposed to be raw material for cancer research.
It was gathered that the victim of fraudulent act transferred a total of Rs 30 lakh in different bank accounts to procure raw material for the research, which the suspects in turn transferred into their bank accounts.
However after the suspect was traced down to Maharashtra and arrested, police investigation led to arrest of members of his gang; SheshamNashaba, 22, from Uganda, Gittanjali aka Sona Suraj Dhakolia,24, a resident of West Mumbai and Sagar Tusiram Gupta, 27, from India, which he formed with John Amokhole, 36, a Nigerian.
23 phones, four laptops, a WIFI dongle, a Walkie phone and 11 sim cards were recovered from the suspects, who defrauded at least 21 individuals in various parts of the country.