A Nigerian national has appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate via video conferencing charged with larceny trick against an 82- year-old woman, as well as money laundering. Charleson Obasoanya, 48, of El Soccorro, was charged with larceny trick of sums totalling TT$128,500 and two counts of money laundering of sums totalling TT$48,000, when he appeared before Magistrate Adia Mohammed in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court, on May 18th.
The accused was remanded into custody, and the matter adjourned to May 20th. According to police reports, the victim told police that in July 2019, she responded to a series of foreign phone calls and messages from a man pretending to be her long lost God-son from the United Kingdom. She then proceeded to make payments totalling TT$284,851.10 to various bank accounts, including TT$128,500 to a bank account held in the name of a business. Staff at the bank took note of the deposits made by the victim and informed her that she was possibly a victim of a scam. Officers of the Fraud Squad conducted investigations into the matter and arrested a male suspect at a bank in Port of Spain, on Wednesday, May 13th 2020 attempting to withdraw TT$50,000 from a business account into which the victim had deposited funds. Obasoanya was charged by PC Ramsankar of the Fraud Squad on Friday May 15th 2020.