Tiger By The Tail: Female fraudster forged Ogun CP’s stamp, makes N5M from fraud
A female fraudster who forged the stamp of the Commissioner of Police in Ogun State and used it to dupe unsuspecting Nigerians has been arrested.
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 42-year-old woman, Olushola Ogunleye, for allegedly forging the official stamp of the Ogun State Commissioner of Police and defrauding unsuspecting Nigerians of N5 million.
New Telegraph reports that the suspect was arrested by detectives attached to the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS), Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos, after several complaints were lodged to the widespread scam.
Apart from forging the Ogun CP stamp, the police also accused Ogunleye of forging the stamps belonging to the Ogun State Internal Revenue and state’s Chief Magistrate.
Also arrested was an allegedly accomplice, Isiaka Adebeshin, whom the police said worked with Ogunleye and others as a syndicate to perfect their scam.
However, while Ogunleye confessed to committing the crime and raking in over N5 million from the fraudulent business, Adebeshin said he was into the forging of driving licenses, number plates and other documents.
The police, in a statement, said the syndicate allegedly used the seals of authority to convince and dupe unsuspecting members of the public.
During interrogation, Ogunleye said:
“Some of the stamps were not mine. They were kept in my shop by my business partner, who is still at large. It was my business partner, Shakiru Gbolahan, who brought the stamps to my shop.
He used the stamps for his customers. I was later taught how to use it. I have not made much money from the business.
If we want to renew a driving license, we charge N10,000, but if we want to do a new one, we charge N15,000. Since I started this business I have made about N5 million only. I regret my action. It never occurred to me that I would be arrested.”
On his part, Adebeshin who vehemently denied the allegation of fraud, said they were arrested at Oke-Mosan in their shop.
“I don’t deal in stamps. Whenever a document that requires a stamp is brought to my shop, I would refer them to my colleague’s office. My colleague has different stamps.
Since I started the job three years ago, I have only made about N2 million. Most of the profits come from the issuance of number plates. I was about to quit the business when I was arrested.”
The ZIS Commander, Gbenga Megboope, said the suspects were arrested after the police received a series of complaints from affected victims from the public and would be charged to court after investigations.