THE DAILY TIMES (Nigeria) – A Nigerian fraudster who posed as a United States Army General to defraud two British women of more than £300, 000 in just six months is to be sentenced at the Isleworth Crown Court , near Uxbridge , on Monday morning.
The fake Army General conned one of his victims to use up her life savings, pawn her jewelry, sell her car and take out loans to pay for mounting debts, before she then decided to contact the police after becoming suspicious. His other victim was defrauded of £22,000.
Thirty-two-year-old Robinson Agbonifoayetan told his victims that he wanted to move to the United Kingdom to marry them, after posing as General James Krulak and General James Raul. He also persuaded his victims to help him transfer his $8.5million retirement fund – described as a box of treasure – from a family in Afghanistan.
Agbonifoayetan, who will be sentenced by judge Marron, at Courtroom 9, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation last week, after the court heard how he perpetrated his crime using real live images of American soldiers to befriend the women over Skype.
After contacting one of his victims – over sixty years old- through Skype, he befriended the unsuspecting woman, who thought he was actually an American army general. The loverboy conman then showered her with compliments, before confiding in her about his tragic family events, including the deaths of his parents and sister in a car crash.
Days into the friendship, he started talking of marrying her, before then introducing the idea of a box containing $8.5 million, which according to him, was a reward from a family whose lives he saved, while serving in Afghanistan.
He then urged the over-60-year-old victim to meet a delivery agent at a rail station. The bogus delivery man produced a United Nations diplomatic ID card with the name of Christopher Williams, and said that he had come from St Lucia, although detectives said the card bore the Belgian flag. Scotland Yard believes Agbonifoayetan was the one who doubled as the delivery man.
Luck ran out on the fraudster as he was about flying out of Heathrow Airport to Nigeria, on December 14, last year. Detectives are now hoping they can help his victims recover some of the money, which he had already transferred to both Nigeria and Ghana. Apart from these two victims, detectives from Scotland Yard’s new cybercrime unit are of the view that they have also identified at least two others and they believe his scheme is part of a sophisticated global scam to defraud vulnerable women.