Two charity workers have been arrested for allegedly diverting a raised fund of N21.5 million through crowdfunding for a cancer patient.
Disclosing this is the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a statement on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, stating that the two charity workers, Michael Yusuf Michael and Martha Daniel are promotors of Kaduna-based NGO, MYM123CARE.
According to EFCC, a petition was submitted to the anti-graft agency that the duo used the foundation to solicit funds from the public only to convert to personal use.
Investigation by the agency revealed that the suspects solicited donations from the public in March, for a woman with breast cancer, supplying the public with a MYM123CARE bank account in a first generation bank.
However, the suspects allegedly went on a spending spree and transferred N21.5 million in the account to third parties that bought properties including real estate, automobiles, and electronic equipment.
“The woman for whom the fund was supposedly raised later died in the hospital,” the EFCC said.
According to reports, the patient who was diagnosed of breast cancer was living with her family in an uncompleted building and had asked for support to survive when she contacted the foundation.
The suspects will soon be charged to court for allegedly obtaining money by false pretence.