The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has clamped down on an online company, Swiss Golden Company Limited, which has defrauded over 7,000 Nigerians to the tune of N3 billion.
This was disclosed by the spokesman, EFCC zonal office, Kano, Idris Isyaku, who in a statement Monday said they intervened after thousands of petitions from Nigerians, Vanguard writes.
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has recovered N216,402,565.05 from Swiss Golden Company Limited, an online investment that purportedly deals with buying and selling of gold bars,” he said.
“The recovery was sequel to a petition the commission received from thousands of complainants who alleged that they invested in Swiss Golden Company Limited, which was advertised as an online investment that deals in buying and selling of gold bars.
“The petitioners further alleged that after investing over a billion Naira into the business, Swiss Golden refused to pay them any dividend or pay them back their capital. Upon receipt of the petition, the commission swung into action by first inviting the petitioners where they volunteered statements.
“Through intelligence, the commission picked up one Maxim Lobaty, a Russian and two Nigerians, Austin Emenike and D!ckson Nonso Onuchukwu, in Lagos.
“The trio were, subsequently, conveyed to the Kano operational zone of the EFCC for further investigation.
The EFCC added that their investigations revealed that the company, which is headquartered in Hong Kong, was discovered to be a Ponzi Scheme designed to defraud innocent victims of their hard earned money.
“After being drilled at the commission’s Kano zonal office, Maxim and his co-suspects consented to the refund of the investment. It is through that, a total of N216,402,565.05 have now been recovered.
The commission said investigation is ongoing with a view to recover the invested funds and bring the perpetrators to book.