Nigerian Police Arrest Politician Wilfred Bonse for Involvement in Patricia Technologies Financial Fraud

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has announced a significant breakthrough in a complex financial fraud investigation involving Patricia Technologies Limited. On November 23, 2023, the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, detailed the arrest of politician Wilfred Bonse in connection with a security breach and financial fraud at Patricia Technologies.

According to the NPF, the case revolves around criminal conspiracy, unauthorized computer and network data modification, and the illicit diversion of over 200 million Naira (approximately $246,153). The investigation led to the arrest of Wilfred Bonse, accused of laundering 50 million Naira ($61,538) from a total of 607 million Naira ($747,076) fraudulently diverted from Patricia Technologies. This diversion was facilitated through a cryptocurrency wallet.

Further, on November 20, 2023, the NPF-National Cybercrime Center (NCCC) arrested Njoku Kingsley, Chigozie Okorie, and Jideofor Sejus in connection with a separate case of conspiracy, identity theft, and romance scam. This operation in the Wumba District, Apo Area of the Federal Capital Territory, highlighted the suspects’ involvement in swindling victims through a fake profile named Anthony James.

In another development, the NPF-NCCC successfully recovered 179,372.6 USDT in a case involving Ummukulthum Basha and Sean Andres Delacruz, a US citizen. Basha, a cryptocurrency enthusiast, suffered a loss of 20,000 USDT in a fraudulent trading scheme. Sean Andres Delacruz, initially offering assistance, was later identified as the mastermind behind the criminal act. The collaboration with KuCoin was crucial in recovering the funds and identifying Delacruz.

The NPF has emphasized the importance of public vigilance, especially regarding high-yield investment programs that often turn out to be scams. They urge the public to exercise caution and report any suspicious financial activities to their e-reporting portal 

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Former US Secret Service Officer Warns of FTX Customer Targeting Risk

Jeremy Sheridan, a former assistant director of the United States Secret Service Office of Investigations, has warned of the potential risks to FTX customers if their personal information is made public. In an April 20th declaration, Sheridan supported a motion from the debtors of FTX, a failed cryptocurrency exchange, to withhold the confidential information of its users from public release.

According to Sheridan, who is currently a managing director for FTI Consulting, the release of names associated with the failed crypto exchange could lead to severe consequences. He stated that such disclosure could impose “a severe and unusual risk of identity theft, asset theft, personal attack, and further online victimization” on FTX customers.

The former Secret Service officer went on to explain that the public disclosure of FTX customers’ names would provide potential malefactors with an itemized list of vulnerable targets. He warned that releasing the schedules of assets and liabilities of FTX customers could provide attackers with a menu of potential targets and the cryptocurrency holdings of each debtor.

Sheridan’s warning comes in the wake of FTX’s recent bankruptcy filing in the United States. The company had been struggling financially for some time, and the filing was seen as an inevitable step for the exchange.

The motion to withhold confidential information was supported by Sheridan and several other experts in the field. They argued that the release of personal information could have a significant impact on FTX customers, particularly given the prevalence of identity theft and cybercrime.

In recent years, the number of cyberattacks and data breaches has increased dramatically, with companies and individuals around the world falling victim to hackers and other malicious actors. In many cases, these attacks have resulted in the theft of personal and financial information, leaving victims vulnerable to further exploitation.

Given this threat, it is clear that the release of personal information could have a severe impact on FTX customers. The potential for identity theft and asset theft, as highlighted by Sheridan, is a very real concern, and it is essential that measures are taken to protect the privacy and security of FTX users.

In conclusion, Sheridan’s warning highlights the need for caution when it comes to the release of personal information. As we move further into the digital age, it is clear that cybersecurity will become an increasingly important issue, and it is essential that individuals and companies take steps to protect themselves from the risk of cybercrime.


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