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EFCC Cracks Down on Ponzi Scheme ‘Swiss Golden,’ Arrests Suspects

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested one Maxim Lobaty,

a Russian and other two Nigerians:

Austin Emenike and Dickson Nonso Onuchukwu in Lagos.


They were arrested for defrauding over

seven thousand Nigerians to the tune

of over N3 billion in the guise of running a financial scheme.


This was sequel to a petition received from complainants

who had invested millions in the scheme.

The anti-graft agency in a statement said

the sum of N216,402,565.05 was recovered

from Swiss Golden Investment, an online investment company.

“The trio were subsequently conveyed to the Kano operational

zone of the EFCC for further investigation.

Swiss Golden was discovered through

investigation to be a Ponzi scheme

that was designed to defraud innocent

victims of their hard earned money.


“After being drilled at the commission’s Kano zonal office,

Maxim and his co-suspects consented to the refund of the investment.

Subsequently, a total sum of N216,402,565.05 have now been recovered.

“Investigation into the alleged fraud is still ongoing

and all efforts are being made to recover

the money involved and the alleged suspects be brought to justice,” EFCC said.

Many Nigerians are registered with Swiss Golden

which has a networking angle, just like MMM.

Information on its website shows that participants are meant to buy gold,

partner with the company as advertising agents while

encouraging other prospective

partners to also register to get a bonus in return.

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