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Nigerian, friend swindle 250 job seekers out of $54,000 in US

Osmond Eweka, a so-called Nigerian prince, appeared in Manhattan court on Thursday. He was accused of scamming New York job seekers out of thousands of dollars by promising to find them work.

The 31-year-old asked the court for permission to travel to Nigeria for the upcoming birth of his son, the Daily Mail reported.

Eweka and his friend, Kamel McKay, were accused of creating bogus employment agency firms and used Indeed.com to find their victims.

They interviewed victims and made them pay a fee, ranging between $300 and $700.

The two men would then send the job seekers to businesses where they were turned away, because the employers were not expecting them.

Eweka pleaded not guilty to charges of larceny and scheme to defraud in July.

Prosecutors said some of the jobs Eweka and McKay promised their victims were for hotel housekeeping and front desk receptionists.

According to court documents, Eweka and McKay used office space in the Empire State Building and another building on Fifth Avenue to run two bogus employment agency firms, Stamford Consulting Firm and Howard Consulting Group.

They also used fake names, according to the New York Post.

Eweka went by the name, Sean Jackson, and McKay reportedly used the name, Tyrone Hayes.

– Punch

 

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.