A Nigerian man in Canada, Ayoola Ajibade, has been convicted of fraud after trying to dupe an entire town.
Ajibade, an Uber Driver in Brampton, Ontario, nearly made away with $500,000 from his scam.
Unfortunately for him, he was nabbed when he tried to wire some of the money outside of Canada.
He was arraigned before court, tried for fraud and has now been found guilty.
He will be sentenced at a later date.
How A Nigerian in Canada Nearly Defrauded An Entire Town
The Uber Driver posed as an executive with a large Nova Scotia Company known as Dexter Construction.
He persuaded officials of the town of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, to make a direct electronic payment to him on behalf of Dexter Construction, CBC.Ca reports.
Ajibade managed to get the town to wire $490,930.43 to a Scotiabank branch in Brampton.
His scam went through successfully but his luck ran out later.
Ajibade tried to get the bank to wire $180,000 of his loot to China.
The bank in Canadia placed the transfer on hold to carry out an investigation, which discovered the fraud by the Nigerian man.
The investigation revealed Ayoola has no ties to Dexter Construction.
It also found the bank account with the money was Ajibade’s personal account.
He was then arrested and charged with fraud.
The Trial of Ayoola Ajibade
During his trial, Ajibade told the court that he was approached by a man named Andrew in Nigeria.
He claims Andrew asked him to help his friend, identified only as Joshua, to buy a business and he agreed.
He claims the $180,000 transfer to China was to help buy equipment for the business.
“Mr. Ajibade denied knowing that the matter was not on the up and up,” Nova Scotial Judge Paul Scovil said in his decision finding Ayoola guilty.
“He broke down and cried for a short while on the witness stand, saying he would never get involved in such a scheme knowingly.”
The judge, however, did not believe him and found him guilty.
“This court does not find him credible in the least,” the judge wrote.
The Nigerian would be sentenced at a later date, whilst the illegally obtained funds have been returned to the town of Bridgewater.