Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the Imo State Police Command have nabbed one Garrick Slacks, a self-acclaimed dismissed United States soldier, for allegedly fraudulently defrauding Nigerians with fake promises to secure visas and other travelling documents to US.
The suspect, who is now cooling his ass in Police custody in Owerri, following his arrest on Saturday, claimed that he was dismissed from the US military in 2015 over his involvement in cocaine peddling, Southern City News reported.
It was gathered that two pairs of military uniform, a cash of over N2m, military fez cap, jungle boot, fake military identity card, fake driving licence and a car, which he used in making his fraud look real were recovered from the suspect.
According to Southern City News, a police source alleged that the dismissed US soldier was in Nigeria on a special mission to defraud Nigerians, adding that he changed his location immediately money was paid to him.
The source said, “He was a serial fraudster who had used his position as a foreigner to defraud Nigerians, who are desperate to travel abroad, especially to the US.”
“He is a serial and sophisticated fraudster. He was arrested this afternoon (Saturday) while he was hurriedly leaving Owerri for Port Harcourt.
“He is equally impersonating the US Army and Nigerian Army at the same time. His targets are mostly women. He would promise them marriage and tell them that he had the capacity to secure their visas and other travelling documents to America with his position as a colonel in the US Marine Army and as an American citizen.
“He has confessed to the crime and the forensic investigation we have done using his fingerprints revealed that he is a wanted man in California and he only ran to Nigeria in February to continue his heinous crimes.
“Just five days ago, he defrauded a young widow N500,000 with a fake promise that he would secure stay visa for the widow’s three children. He was about running away from Owerri before we tracked him. Could you imagine that the lady we used in tracking him, he had promised to marry her on meeting her for the first time this afternoon (Saturday)
“All the exhibits we recovered from him are fake. The military identities which he used to make his fraudulent activities look genuine. He was even beating security men to this game until we nabbed him.” On his own part, the dismissed US soldier who said he was sorry for his actions and was ready to make amends if given the opportunity, added that he came into the country in February and was ready to refund one of his victims (the widow) her money. The widow became the suspect’s victim in her bid to afford good life for her three children.
The suspect admitted the allegations, sayinghe was sorry for his actions and was ready to make amends if given the opportunity.
Mr. Slacks revealed that he came into the country in February and was ready to refund one of his victims (the widow) her money. The widow became the suspect’s victim in her bid to afford good life for her three children.
The Imo State Police Commissioner Mr Dasuki Galandanchi, confirmed the arrest and detention of the American.