Joy Ugwu

A beauty queen, Joy Ugwu has been arrested for her alleged involvement in fraud.

The suspect reportedly duped two people of the sum of N7.5 million under the guise that she would get help them secure visas.

Ugwu who won the “Miss Asaigbo” pageant in 2016, is an accounting student of the Enugu state University of Science and Technology (ESUT).

She was allegedly remanded in kirirkiri prison in Lagos by a Yaba Magistrate court. Police investigations revealed that this was not her first crime has she has been involved in several fraud allegations.

According to The Saturday Sun newspaper, Joy Ugwu had duped many people and threatened her victims with her ‘status’ and ‘influence’ and so most of them were afraid to report her to the police or drag a case with her until recently when she duped one Jonathan Nwaogu and Anita Oby. Ugwu allegedly promised to secure a visa for Nwaogu after he had paid her the sum of N1 million. She was said to have started avoiding him after collecting the money from him.

Nwaogu said: “The girl duped me one million naira and the evidence is there. I didn’t have much to say, because she said she wanted the matter to be taken to court. What baffled me was the way she took the matter. “It was quite obvious that she defrauded me. All she needed to do was to surrender and settle for peace to reign. I don’t understand why she decided to go to court; I heard the comments she made in the police station. “The money is just one million naira and she behaved as if it was dollars. All I planned was to recover my money in a very simple way.”
She also reportedly duped Anita Oby of the sum of N2 million through a ponzi sheme called ‘Me and You’.

When the beauty queen was arrested in Enugu, she reportedly slapped a police officer, bragging about her connections. She allegedly also withdrew the N7.5 million in her account between the period she was first arrested and rearrested, leaving only N400,000 in her account. Ugwu has veen granted bail by the Yaba magistrate court but she is still in prison because she could not meet her bail conditions.

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