EFCC detains American over $760,668 counterfeit cheques
THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has detained a 24-year-old American lady, Sharon Denis Thorpe, over her involvement in a counterfeit cheque scam valued at $760,668.
Thorpe, a resident of Raleigh North Carolina, was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, while about to board a Qatar Airways flight to Washington DC.
The suspect, who parades an American passport No. 457647779 issued at North Carolina , United States, on December 30, 2008, had been in Nigeria since November 2009, ostensibly on vacation with one Musediku Akorede Kehinde, her fiancé, who was alleged to be the mastermind of the crime.
Thorpe, however, told her interrogators that the counterfeit cheques were given to her by one Femi Atoms, a friend of Musediku who was at large.
She was arrested by officials of the State Security Service (SSS) and handed over to the EFCC.
The suspect is still being interrogated.