Investigators with the Saskatchewan Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) Unit are still actively seeking to locate and arrest 23-year-old Jonah Eigbuluese, 27-year-old Clinton Newton and 25-year-old Joshua Ometie. All three are wanted in relation to an ongoing investigation into a multimillion-dollar online romance scam.
The investigation, spanned over a 24-month period, has used intelligence-based policing and involved a series of surveillance operations, numerous interviews and the acquisition of several judicial authorizations to investigate over 50 Canadian bank accounts.
FSOC Investigators have been able to prove the scammers defrauded the seven women they were victimizing of over three hundred and sixty thousand dollars over a period of only two years. The women who were victimized say they have lost collectively more than two million dollars during the course of their relationships.
On January 15, 2020, Saskatchewan RCMP arrested 28-year-old Austin Newton at CBSA in Edmonton, AB in relation to this investigation.
In April, the Saskatchewan RCMP made a plea to the public, asking for information regarding the whereabouts of the remaining three of the five accused. On April 23, 2020, 25-year-old Kelvin Awani turned himself into police.
Both Austin Newton and Kelvin Awani have made their first appearances in court.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jonah Eigbuluese, Clinton Newton or Joshua Ometie is asked to call the RCMP at 310-RCMP (7267) or their local police service. Information can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submitting a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.
Watch our video statement on YouTube (rcmpgrcsk) – Five men who lived in Regina charged with fraud: Important safety message regarding online relationships https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-k2QazRr2Y&feature=youtu.be
For background information, please visit: https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/news/2020/saskatchewan-rcmp-federal-serious-and-organized-crime-unit-investigates-multimillion