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Nigerian jailed for duping Singaporean by free-sex scam


dpa German Press Agency
Published: Thursday December 14, 2006

Singapore- A Nigerian trader who posed as a woman on the internet and duped an engineer into believing he could get free sex was sentenced to 16 months in a Singapore jail, a newspaper reported Friday. Chris Nnadozie Ikechukwu, 27, cheated engineer Jeffrey Mok Thye Ban out of 60,000 Singapore dollars (38,000 US dollars).

While chatting online with Mok, Ikechukwu identified himself as "Christy" from the United States, The Straits Times said.

During one of their chats, Christy told Mok, 35, that she was in the social-escort business and provided escorts to customers in various countries, the court heard Thursday.

Mok was invited to be the local agent and would receive free sexual services from the escorts. Christy also promised high interest for any loans given by Mok.

Once Mok agreed, Christy began asking him for loans and instructed him to deliver the money to Ikechukwu.

Investigations showed that Ikechukwu cheated Mok out of a 16,000- Singapore-dollar (10,322-US) loan and others on July 13, July 19 and again in August. The amounts were remitted to Ikechukwu through Western Union.

Mok made a police report on August 25. B Mahtani, defence lawyer for Ikechukwu, said his client ran an electronics export business but went abroad to work because of political instability in Nigeria.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency