A Nigerian man has pleaded guilty to using Facebook to scam an Illawarra woman out of $150,000. Twenty-four-year old Chidoo Ohad Nukobam adopted the online name Stefan Kelvin Forinton and engaging in the romance with a 42-year old Illawarra woman, eventually agreeing to marry her.
Despite the fact they had never met, the woman deposited a total of $150,057 into his offshore bank account over a four-month period.
When she realised she had been scammed she contacted police. Nukobam was arrested for an unrelated offence as he entered Perth International Airport in August last year.
In facts tendered to the court, he made admissions to the police that he had no intention of repaying the money.
Nukobam appeared in Wollongong Local Court on Thursday via video link, but the hearing started with confusion as it was realised a translator brought into the court was not needed because he spoke English.
He pleaded guilty to dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and was remanded in custody to face sentencing in April.
Source: ABC News