Businessman In Kaduna State Arraigned For N50m Bitcoin Fraud

The Kaduna Zonal office of EFCC has arraigned an individual identified as Joseph Adigizi Anthony before Justice Mallong Peter of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna State for a N50 million fraud.

Joseph’s journey to the court started when the Kaduna office of the EFCC received a petition alleging that he defrauded members of the public while he used a business proposal, in which he lured the public to invest in Bitcoin through a platform called Bitworld Centre.

According to reports, Joseph, the arraigned, promised them good returns when they invest through his platform called Bitworld Centre.

A petitioner had also alleged that she sold her properties and had a loan from one Microfinance Bank to raise the sum of N1,739,000 (One Million Seven Hundred and Thirty-Nine Thousand Naira), which Joseph told her to pay into his personal bank accounts.

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Meanwhile, the petitioner later discovered that the business in which she involved in was a fraud.

However, the efforts she made in order to recover her money proved abortive.

Joseph was on April 30, 2019, charged with a five-count charge.

One of the counts reads:

“That you, Joseph Adigizi Anthony, sometimes in 2018 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did with intent to defraud through your personal Guaranty Trust Bank and Access Bank accounts over N50,000,000 (Fifty Million Naira) credit turnover as collective investment deposits from one Salome Ambi Mamman and other members of the public by falsely accepting deposits for an unregister business venture with the Security and Exchange Commission of Nigeria called “BITWORLD” using financial proposal documents serving as a “Trainer Bitclub Advantage” and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offence Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Same Act.”

Furthermore, Joseph pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Justice Mallong of the Federal High Court in Kaduna, however, adjourned the case to May 13, 2019, for the hearing of bail application and commencement of trial. The judge also ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody.

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