Lots of foreign scammers milling about in Shanghai doing their thing these days, it seems. First there was Ryan Fedoruk, the Canadian fake landlord who sublet 30 apartments to 80 tenants before fleeing with RMB300,000. And then yesterday, a Nigerian man was charged at the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People’s Court.for concealing criminal income totaling more than US$265,000, according to the Shanghai Daily:
Aderiye Alexander Dotun, 34, was caught by local police at a Bank of China branch on Luban Road on June 24 last year.
Prosecutors said Dotun opened two accounts, at the Bank of China and the China Construction Bank, with fake passports in the name of Lemon Sanford and Imperial Digital, last spring.
Between April 28 and June 15, he allegedly withdrew more than US$248,600 from one account and US$17,260 from the other.
Prosecutors said that money was defrauded from two foreign companies, which had been deceived to transfer their international trade payments into Dotun’s accounts.
The court heard the two companies, Jeffery Court Inc in the United States and Karyan Luggage in the United Arab Emirates, were supposed to transfer money to two Chinese companies in Hebei Province and Fujian Province.
But the e-mail containing the receiving company’s bank account was hacked, and the two companies were directed to make the transfer into Dotun’s accounts, the court heard.