By Christopher Oji, Lagos
The Canadian Police have arrested two Nigerians for allegedly engaging in the fraudulent sale of $500 issued plane tickets.
A source at the Canadian Embassy said the Canadian Government was angry that Nigerians “are taking its magnanimity for granted, and are considering repatriating the suspects and others who may engage in criminal activities.
“The suspects, Gbemisola Akinrinade, 44, and Adebowale Adiatu, 32, were arrested by the police in Canada for allegedly selling $500,000 worth of fraudulently issued plane tickets.”
The suspects, reported to be residents of Brampton and Vaughan, respectively, had between June, and December 2021, allegedly misrepresented themselves as employees of travel agencies based in the United Kingdom to secure access to an online booking portal belonging to a major European airline.
In a statement by Peel Police, they stated that the suspects fraudulently sold valid airline tickets to unsuspecting customers, and collected the payments for financial gain.
More than 250 airline tickets, were sold at a total value of approximately $500,000, the statement disclosed.
“The majority of the customers, who purchased the tickets, were from the Calgary area and the flights were primarily to Africa.
According to CanadaToday, the suspects are facing charges which included fraud over $5,000, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, possession of property obtained by crime and obtained by false pretence, and unlawful use of a computer.