Hope Olusegun Aroke was sentenced four years ago for fraud and imprisoned after his conviction in a high security prison in Lagos.
During his detention, he worked with accomplices to commit frauds Targeting victims in various nations, the commission said in a statement on Tuesday. During this time, he was hospitalized for an unknown illness. Instead of returning to prison, he ended up in hotels where he met his wife and children and took on social functions.
"For the time being, research has shown that the convicted person has access to the Internet and the mobile phone, contrary to current practice in the correctional center where he is serving his prison sentence," the commission said. "The fact that he was hospitalized and who helped him move from the hospital to hotels and other social activities is already under investigation."
Wilson Uwujaren, spokesman for the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, did not disclose details of how Aroke could participate in social events and receive benefits as an inmate. He said he could not say if he paid prison officials for the short freedom.
"I can not speculate on anything under investigation," Uwujaren said when CNN reached him by phone.
In order to complete his transactions, Aroke used a false name, Akinwunmi Sorinmade, to open two accounts, the authorities said. He also bought houses in posh neighborhoods and a number of luxury cars that were registered on behalf of his wife, the authorities said. That's more than any other reported fraud. "src-mini =" // cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/1
. "The convict was also in Be his wife's bank account in jail, which he used for the free transfer of funds, "the commission said.
Aroke was arrested in 2012 on his return from Malaysia for Internet fraud. At that time, he told his victims that he was a computer science student at a university in Kuala Lumpur, but he was the "arrowhead of a complicated network of Internet fraud programs crossing two continents," the commission said.
He was sentenced and imprisoned three years later in two cases in which he received money through false deception, check cloning, bank transfer and forgery.
In the recent scam, he targeted victims in various countries, Uwujaren said. Citing an ongoing investigation, he declined to provide details of the countries.