Swiss Golden Ponzi Scheme: EFCC Arrests Russian, 2 Nigerians
Following a petition the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, got from thousands of complainants who alleged that they invested in Swiss Golden Investment which was advertised as an online investment, a Russian, 2 Nigerians arrested.
According to EFCC, a total of N216,402,565.05 was receovered from Swiss Golden Investment, an online investment that purportedly deals in buying and selling of Gold Bars.
Maxim Lobaty, a Russian and two Nigerians: Austin Emenike and Dickson Nonso Onuchukwu in Lagos, were arrested after petitioners alleged that after investing over a billion naira into the business, the company refused to pay them any dividend or pay them back their capital.
The suspects who were conveyed to the Kano operational zone of the EFCC for further investigation, consented to the refund of the investment. Subsequently, a total sum of N216, 402,565.05 have now been recovered.
Further investigation revealed that Swiss Golden which is headquartered in Hong Kong was discovered through investigation to be a Ponzi scheme, has defrauded over seven thousand Nigerians to the tune of over N3,000,000,000 (Three Billion Naira) only.
The agency further stated that efforts are being made to recover the money involved, and the alleged suspects be brought to justice.
This is coming after a Bitcoin ponzi scheme shop in Calabar, disappeared into thin air with millions of Naira of customer’s money. As early as 8am yesterday, customers besieged the company’s office on Bassey Duke only to discover that the company had closed shop and vanished with their money.
Several phone calls were made by the customers but no response from the company officials that started operations about two months ago, collecting money from customers and giving them a whooping 30 per cent extra after seven days online trading.
Over 1000 people who were expecting their monies, broke into the offices and carted away any item they could lay their hands on as little compensation for their investment.