Thursday, 17 August 2017

Nigerian man, wife arrested for using stolen IDs to buy luxury items and cars

A Scottsdale couple, have been arrested for using fake names and stolen ID to purchase luxury vehicles and over $100,000 in gift cards.

The man Ekene Sampson Akpuru, 30, who also goes by Patrick Beckham and his girlfriend 29-year-old Lauren Elizabeth Lees, reportedly made multiple purchases with the stolen social security cards.

Akpuru, was arrested after he bought a 'Slingshot' from Indian Victory Motorcycle of Scottsdale using a Social Security card and a Minnesota driver's license as identification to make the purchase. .

Police tracked down the Social Security number to a child in Oklahoma. Police say Akpuru had multiple ID's and made credit cards using fake ID's. 

In addition to the Mercedes and Slingshot, he used the money to buy a condo in Scottsdale. He also allegedly used the credit cards to purchase thousands of dollars in gift cards and sent money to accounts in Nigeria. .

Akpuru was in the process of buying another Mercedes worth about $245,000 when police raided his home. On August 3, they served a searched warrant on his home near 66th Street and Thomas Road and the Mercedes being driven by girlfriend, Lees. .

Inside the home and car, they reportedly found numerous unused gift cards worth over $140,000. Akpuru is in the U.S on an expired Visa and fled from Georgia and Pennsylvania to Arizona to avoid two active warrants for his arrest. .

Akpuru is being held on a $500,000 cash bond and they are both being charged with fraudulent schemes and forgery.

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