- A Nigerian prince identified as Osmond Eweka has been arrested for scamming several job seekers in New York
- According to reports, Osmond together with his accomplice Kamel McKay opened fake employment agencies and extorted money from people
- He has since appeared in court and has been charged with larceny and scheme to defraud
Osmond Eweka has joined the list of Nigerians in diaspora giving the country a bad name. The prince who is said to be from the Beni royal family, together with his accomplice, Kamel McKay duped several people of $54k which is N19.6m.
The 31-year-old and his 27-year-old partner in crime, operated two bogus consulting firms in Manhattan telling clients that if they paid a fee they would be placed at various jobs across New York City. They used Indeed.com to find their victims after which they would interview these victims and have them pay a fee, ranging between $300 and $700
Prosecutors said some of the jobs Eweka and McKay promised their victims were for hotel housekeeping and front desk receptionists. According to New York Post, they used fake names with Osmond going by the name Sean Jackson and McKay reportedly used the name Tyrone Hayes.
Explaining the fee to their victims, Osmond and his partner said it would cover the cost of uniforms, training and background checks. They also said that paying the high fee would result in higher-paying jobs.
After collecting the money, the men would send the job seekers to different businesses, where they were turned away by employers who weren't expecting them.
After getting no job, the victims discovered they could no longer get in contact with the alleged fraudsters or the consulting firm.
According to the New York Post, both men were indicted on charges of larceny and scheme to defraud. McKay was arraigned last week and released on $200,000 bail. Eweka was in court on July 27 and pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was released without bail.
Representatives from the Benin family told the Times they could not confirm whether Eweka was a family member because the 'it is a very large family'.
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