The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned the duo of Michael Yusuf Michael and Martha Daniel Yusuf, both siblings, for a medical charity scam amounting to about N55million.
The anti-graft commission in a statement on Thursday 9th September 2021, stated that the siblings were arraigned before Justice Hannnatu A.L Balogun on an eight-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence.
The defendants arraigned for a medical charity scam, were said to have allegedly floated an unregistered medical and empowerment Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) through which they solicited donations from members of the public in the social media, ostensibly to assist persons suffering from cancer but diverted the proceeds to their personal use.
Investigation reveals that Michael who poses as the founder/CEO of the NGO, opened a Facebook page with profile name: MYM123 Care, with contact phone No: 080133715151, email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the 22nd March 2021, he posted a video of a woman suffering from breast cancer and sought donations for her medical treatment from kind-hearted persons through one of their bank accounts with the account name, MYM123care.
According to the statement by EFCC, the contributions into the account either through bank transfers or cash lodgments ran into millions of Naira. The defendants instead of using the money to assist the cancer patient, diverted the funds.