65 Years Old Fake Travel Agent Arraigned, Remanded In Prison Over N700m Visa Scam

65 years-old, Christon Wilson, Accused Of N700 million VISA Scam

The Oyo State command of the Nigeria Police, has arraigned a 65 year-old fake travel agent, Mr. Christon Wilson, before Iyaganku Chief Magistrate Court, Ibadan, over alleged N700 million fraud.

The fake travel agent, who is the Managing Director of Kristi Manpower, with his office located at Damin Plaza, 42, M.K.O. Abiola Way, Ring Road, Ibadan, was arraigned before the court presided over by Magistrate  O. O. Ogunkanmi (Mrs) on 332-count charges bordering on obtaining under false pretence and stealing.

One of the flyers He Allegedly Used In Deceiving His Victims

During his arraignment, the prosecutor, Inspector Sikiru Opaleye, told the court that the fake travel agent, had between October 2022 and November 2023, allegedly obtained N6.7 million from one Adekemi Oni.

He also said “the defendant allegedly collected the money from her under the pretence of procuring Australian Visa for her and her family which he knew to be false and allegedly stole from her.

”Dr Wilson allegedly collected N10.8 million from Olayemi Olamona under the pretence of procuring Australian Visa for him too.

”Defendant allegedly collected different amount of money from 166 persons to the tune of N700 million under the pretence of procuring Australian Visa for them,” he said.

Opaleye said the offence contravened the Criminal Code Laws of Oyo State 2000.

However, the fake travel agent denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Following his not guilty plea, his lawyer, Mr O. Abdulsalam, asked the court to admit his client to bail on the most liberal term.

Consequently, Magistrate (Mrs.) Ogunkanmi, admitted to bail in the sum of N10 million, with two sureties in like sum.

The Chief Magistrate ordered that the sureties must be people with landed property with Certificates of Occupancy (CofO) within the court’s jurisdictions.

Chief Magistrate Ogunkanmi, while adjourning the matter till April 23, for mention, ordered that the defendant be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS), till when the fulfillment of the bail terms.

One of the those that were allegedly scammed by the fake travel agent who did not want his name in print said: “he claimed the company the company was US manpower staffing company with over 15 years experience facilitating Work VISA. Meanwhile, he established the company 2 (two) years ago.

“He also lied that he is a registered immigration agent with the Australian government and he could facilitate the procurement of work VISA and Job contract for clients to over 100 countries. The visa he said includes; free air tickets and accommodation for one year.

“He started by Charging N3.5 million Naira per person and slowly increased it to N5.5 million.

“He signed agreements with unsuspecting clients that should he fail to deliver on his contract he will refund to the money within 48 hours. He also promised he will procure the Australian work VISA  with Job contract within 12 weeks but till now nothing has been heard from him. He switch off his set (phone) and locked his office.

“It was when victims located and occupied his mother’s house that he decided to show up and was arrested.  

“As we are over 170 victims with a total of N700 million. The State SCIID that arrested him has been reluctant to properly investigating the matter with some victims alleging foul play.

“This man sent fake Australian work VISA’s to victims and kept ‘renewing’ it each time it expires. Not knowing he was somewhere with his son designing everything.”