Fredrick Leornard

26.05.2023 news 2 Men Impersonate Nollywood Actor Fredrick Leonard to Scam £38,000 From British Woman

Published 26th May, 2023

By Abimbola Abatta

Charles Osaigbovo and Evans Obayaedo, Oyo State residents, have been arrested for defrauding an unnamed British woman of £38,000 after impersonating Fredrick Leonard, a Nollywood actor and movie producer.

Osaigbovo and Obayaedo obtained the money for the production of a non-existent film.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) disclosed on Friday that the duo were arrested this month in Ibadan, following a petition written against Leonard by a British woman.

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Fredrick Leonard, the impersonated Nollywood actor
Fredrick Leonard, the actor who was impersonated
The impersonators
The impersonators

“The petitioner alleged that she met Leonard on the social media platform, TikTok, and later became lovers,” EFCC said.

“She also alleged that Leonard approached her with a proposal to invest in a film production.

“According to her, a sum of £38,000 was transferred to the suspects as investment in the purported film production.”

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However, the British national found that she had been duped after all her efforts to recover the money yielded no result. Subsequently, she wrote to the EFCC.

According to the EFFC, investigations revealed that Osaigbovo and Obayaedo, who were arrested in Ibadan, had been impersonating Leonard to defraud unsuspecting social media users.

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Published 26th May, 2023

By Abimbola Abatta


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