Corruption and Underdevelopment

Alleged €211,000 fraud: EFCC presents first witness against suspect


Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has presented its first witness against one Ifekwu Dominic in a case before Justice S.O. Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on April 11, 2022.

Dominic is being prosecuted by the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain money by false pretence, obtaining by false pretence, and possession of documents containing false pretence.

One of the counts reads: “Ifekwu Chukwuma Dominic, aka John Alfred, and Okechukwu, aka Connie Miller (at large), between 2014 and 2017, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud obtained the aggregate sum of 211,000 Euros from Imelda Dorflinger under the false representation that you Ifekwe Chukwuma Dominic had inherited gold from your father and needed the said money to pay taxes in order to enable you to have access to the gold, a representation you knew to be false.”

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Another count reads: “Ifekwu Chukwuma Dominic (aka John Alfred), on or about 22nd June 2016 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, and with intent to defraud, had in your possession document titled “Cashier Cheque”, where you falsely represented to Imelda Dorflinger that you have been issued a cheque valued at $590,000.00 and which document you knew contained false information.”

He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges prompting the commencement of his trial. During the proceedings, the witness, Mma Adamu Alhaji, an operative of the EFCC, who was led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, I.O. Daramola, told the Court that the EFCC received a petition against the defendant sometime in September 2021 in which the defendant was accused to have defrauded his victim, Imelda Dorflinger, a German national, by posing as one John Alfred, with whom she developed an online friendship.

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