The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Lagos office has arrested a couple, Rowly Isioro, a former Assistant General Manager with one of the first generation banks and his wife, Ovuomarhoni Naomi Isioro , a business woman, for their alleged involvement in Business Email Compromise fraud and money laundering.
According to the commission statement on Monday, the couple allegedly laundered the total sum of $1.49million through Ovuomarhoni Naomi’s bank account in Nigeria.
The statement by EFCC stated that, “Their arrest followed a petition received by the Commission from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) through the office of the Legal Attache, United States Consulate, Lagos, about their alleged involvement in computer-based fraud, stealing and money laundering.
“So far, investigation revealed that Naomi met one Michael Uziewe (who is still at large) in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America, sometime in 2016, and introduced her to foreign exchange business.
“Through this encounter, Naomi and her banker husband turned their two registered companies, Marhoni General Services Limited and Multaid Plus Limited, into conduit for the dispersal of funds wired by Uziewe, who allegedly owns Global Investment network.
“Naomi, in statements volunteered to the Commission, confirmed she had been receiving monies in Dollars, with instructions to pay the naira equivalent into accounts provided by Uziewe.”
The Commission noted that facts have also emerged that each time Naomi received the Dollar transfers, she makes over the counter withdrawals, in breach of financial regulations that such transactions go through the financial system, and sell them to Bureau de Change operators for Naira equivalents.
Isioro, a banker of over 22 years experience has also confessed that he was aware that someone his wife met in United States of America, sends her Dollars, while she pays the naira equivalent to various accounts on the instruction of the US-based partner.
Isioro was allegedly relieved of his appointment with the bank as a result of his involvement in the money laundering scheme.