One among Malta’s most prolific Nigerian footballers, Sunday Eboh, has been charged with 4 others in a romance fraud case.
Eboh, Maltese nationwide Alexandra Tempo, Nigerian nationals; Collins Eguavoen, Marvis Iyeke and Tony Ogbonna, have been arrested late Monday evening to be charged with cash laundering, in accordance with a report by MaltaToday.
Police stated that an aged Maltese lady fell sufferer to the fraud after partaking in a web based relationship with who she thought was an American soldier deployed in Afghanistan. The soldier was supposedly returning to Malta as soon as his deployment ended.
Regardless of by no means assembly with the soldier, the lady took the connection severely and transferred €58,000 to the one who allegedly requested her to pay for his bills.
Investigations by the police revealed that the alleged fraud was being carried out within the nation by a bunch of people that noticed that the cash was deposited in a number of native financial institution accounts. The cash was being transacted in small quantities and laundered.
The police have been in a position to establish who was behind the rip-off and arrested 5 people aged between 28 to 58 years of age.
Police suspect Ogbonna is the mastermind within the operation, though no account was traced again to him.
Eboh has performed for a bunch of Maltese groups, particularly Marsa, Birkirkara, Victoria Hotspurs, Marsaxlokk, Floriana, Naxxar Lions, Birzebbugia, and Pembroke. He additionally performed for Greek facet Apollon Smyrnis.
Justice of the Peace Doreen Clarke refused bail after the prosecution raised fears that the accused might tamper with proof or method the weak sufferer.
That is the primary case which can see individuals being charged for on-line fraud by way of a digital relationship.
The prosecution was led by legal professionals Karl Muscat, Sean Xerri de Caro and Abigail Caruana Vella from the lawyer normal’s workplace. They have been assisted by Inspector Sarah Zerafa from the Paola district and Inspector Claire Borg from the Financial Crimes Squad. Attorneys Leontine Calleja, Robert Anthony Piscopo and Charles Mercieca appeared for the accused.