Nigerian criminal pulls off $1m in internet scams while in prison for fraud

28 November 2019 - 10:36 By TimesLIVE
Hope Olusegun Aroke was serving time for fraud and took the opportunity to further enrich himself.
Hope Olusegun Aroke was serving time for fraud and took the opportunity to further enrich himself.
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Hope Olusegun Aroke pulled off internet scams amounting to more than $1m (around R14.78m) while serving time for fraud.

According to the BBC, while serving a 24-year jail sentence in a Nigerian prison, Aroke had access to a cellphone and the internet.

Aroke got admitted to a police hospital, moved to a hotel, received guests and attended parties.

He used a fictitious name to open two bank accounts, and bought a luxury car and homes during his prison term.

The head of the prison and a prison doctor have been arrested.


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