FORMER OPERATIONS MANAGER OF ROYALLINE GROUP NABBED IN HISTORIC FRAUD
An ex-staff of Royalline Group, purportedly the Head of Operations, has been arrested and detained for questioning at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Ikoyi, Lagos State, on allegations/petition of fraud leveled against her by the Management of the company.
Reliable sources disclosed that the suspect – Miss Valentine Tokoni Amakari (26), admitted during interrogation that she allegedly committed the fraud valued at about N13.2m (Thirteen Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira).
Insights reveal that the overzealous staff used her computer system access privileges to build up fake customer deposits receipts, then have proceeds transferred directly to her bank accounts.
In other circumstances, Miss Valentine devised and used designated fronts and errand individuals to fetch cash directly over the counters for onward delivery to her.
Operating with some accomplices, Miss Valentine was able to employ and sustain her fraud project undetected for years until diligent audit officials’ searchlight was able to detect the anomalies. Her statement has led to the arrest of other accomplices in the crime.
Amount recovered from the kingpin could not immediately be ascertained, but a source familiar with the case says that not less than N1,200,000.00 (One million, Two Hundred Thousand) Naira had been recovered by the Police.
The source confirmed the establishment of a fraud case involving one Val – describing it as bewildering and unsettling to the consternation of staff, even as officials declined an inquiry at Royalline Group head office in Lagos.
The source declined to give further details, referring the enquirer to top management for further comment on the case.
Besides cash, other items recovered were an iPhone 12 Promax worth N750,000 and a Huawei pad worth N500,000.
Ms. Valentine’s case has been moved to Chief Magistrate Court 1, Yaba, Lagos State, and the case adjourned till June.