YEN.com.gh has gathered that a suspected female fraudster was arrested for allegedly duping her business partner of about N7 million ($19,500).
According to reports, Gladys Assah-Asor, was arrested and paraded by the Lagos state Rapid Response Squad (RRS) for allegedly running away with N7 million belonging to her business partner, Nkiruka Okon.
Gladys who is a single mother from Cross River state, was said to have partnered with Okon as a network marketer on a 'healthy halogen oven' project, where they had both hoped to make money from selling the ovens.
Okon was said to have deposited about N4.5 million in Gladys' account, which she ended up going on vacation with instead of turning over a profit of about N7 million as per their agreement.
Okon reported the matter to the RRS, who ended up picking up Gladys and obtaining a confession from her.
Explaining the situation, Gladys said:
“I met Okon in Port-Harcourt in 2008 where she works as a banker with a commercial bank. We were just friends as at then. But later in 2015, I marketed a product to her called Healthy Halogen Oven, a product imported into Nigeria by a networking marketing company called Avenues to Wealth.
As a network marketer and a partner to the company, my duty is to bring potential customers and partners into the business for a win – win profit making both for the customer and myself. I told Okon about the Healthy Oven which was one of the products of Avenues to Wealth sold for N12,000 at company price.
We agreed to partner in buying large quantity of the product, myself and Okon would put together the financial capital while I do the marketing and transportation of the product to the customers.”
Explaining how Gladys came to be in possession of her money, Okon said:
“I got interested in the healthy oven marketing business and decided to go into partnership with Gladys, whom I have known since when I was residing in Port-Harcourt. We agreed to buy about 410 units of the oven from the company where one sells for N12,000 and agreed to sell at the rate of N20,000.
I made a deposit of N4,500,000 to Gladys account on the agreement that after sales I would be collecting back N7.5m plus the profit but she refused to stick to the plans as agreed in our memorandum of understanding.
After, I contacted her for my money, she refused to pick my calls and absconded for over one year. Then, I realised I have been duped by the person I thought was my business partner. All effort I made to persuade Gladys to pay my money proved abortive as she continued to give me one excuse or the other.
During one of our confrontations in 2016, Gladys issued me a dud cheque of N3m, N2m and another N2m making N7m in total but the bank told me the cheques were not payable."
Upon further investigations, it was discovered that Gladys had also duped another woman of N1.8m in a car-buying deal. She had made the lady pay for a vehicle of N3m in installments to a car dealer, but the deal fell through after the lady asked for her money back because she was no longer interested.
During her confession, Gladys said she spent the money on a new car, apartment for her family, travelling on vacations and starting a catering business.
Lagos state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Smart-Cole, said the case has been transferred to the state criminal investigation department for further investigations and possible prosecution.