The long arm of the EFCC has caught up with a serial fraudster named Tariah Otumba Fred, a staff of the Federal ministry of environment, Bayelsa state.
Fred is said to be a notorious fraudster and heads a syndicate that specializes in in forgery, extortion, obtaining money under false pretence, impersonation and other fraudulent activities.
How he operates
According to details made available by the anti-graft commission, Fred opened an account in Sterling Bank using the name, The Controller, Federal Ministry of Environment, Bayelsa State in which he was a signatory alongside one Mr. Education Zghadina who has also been arrested by the Commission.
Then he gives companies in the state a demand notice that they should make payment to the Federal Ministry of Environment for environmental impact assessment permit. The suspect who also presented himself as pollution coordinator of the ministry, a position that does not exist, employed officers whom he issued identity cards as Revenue Collecting agents for the ministry.
Different ID cards found at his residence
When a search was conducted in his house, several incriminating items including fake Identity cards of various organizations, stamps of different organizations, letter heads of the National inland Waterways and Ministry of Environment, and Identity card with his picture as a Navy Captain were recovered.The suspects will be charged to court immediately investigations are concluded.