A Nigerian couple were arrested on Monday, April 9, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for allegedly digitally stealing more than $400,000 from a bank.
Chea Sok, deputy police chief of Prampi Makara district, said the suspects identified as Isaac Chibunna, 50, and his 48-year-old wife Rejoice Chibunna were arrested in Veal Vong commune for scamming US $424,999 from an electronic system at the Foreign Trade Bank (FTB) on street 169, Sangkat Veal Vong, Khan Prampel Makara, Phnom Penh.
“Now the accused are in custody at the district police station and we will send them to court today (Monday)” Mr Sok said.
He said the arrests were made after a lawsuit was filed by the victim, Leng Sovannavat, a 36-year-old representative of a bank and head of FTB Operations, in Tuol Kork district. The lawsuit alleged the two accused stole more than $424,999.
Mr. Reil Sophen, Deputy persecutor of Phnom Penh court charged the Nigerian couple as a scammer, then submitted the case to the judge to proceed with the procedure and detained them immediately.
The police said that on March 26, 2018, FTB bank had received the information from City Bank from USA about transferring money for 50,000 USD to Nigerian couple account at FTB bank.
On March 29, the Nigerian couple went the FTB bank to withdraw for 42,4999 USD the from the bank then transfer to China so they have only 15,869 left in their Bank account.
Until April 5, the FTB bank got the information from City bank in USA that the Nigerian couple scammed the money for 50,000 USD from City bank’s client.
FTB bank tried to contact the Nigerian couple by phone and email but it was unable to contact them. The suspects were arrested instantly when they went to FTB bank again to take all the money left in their Bank account to send to China.