A 31-year-old Benin prince and his accomplice have been alleged of duping scores of job seekers of their dollars by promising them high-paying employment in New York.
Report from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office says that Osmond Eweka, a prince from the Royal Family of Ogiesoba Eweka of the Great Benin Kingdom and his friend Kamel McKay, 27, pretended to run two consulting firms in Manhattan telling clients that if they paid a fee they would be placed at various jobs across New York City.
Prosecutors said some of the jobs Eweka and McKay who ran the scam from January to June 2018 promised their victims were for hotel housekeeping and front desk receptionists. The men used the popular job-seeking website Indeed.com to find their victims.
After collecting the money, the men would send the job seekers to different businesses, where they were turned away by employers who weren’t expecting them.
Meanwhile, Eweka, 31, appeared in a Manhattan court on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to charges of larceny and scheme to defraud, while McKay was arraigned last week and released on $200,000 bail.
The victims then found that they could no longer get in contact with the alleged fraudsters or the consulting firm. According to authorities, Eweka and McKay duped 250 people.