Garrick Slacks, a dismissed US soldier, has been arrested by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad for allegedly defrauding Nigerians with fake promises to secure visas and other travelling documents to US in Imo State.
The suspect admitted that he was dismissed from the US military in 2015 over his involvement in cocaine peddling.
It was gathered that two pairs of military uniform, a cash of over N2m, military fez cap, jungle boot, fake military identity card, fake driving licence and a car, which he used in making his fraud look real were recovered from him.
A police source said:
“His targets are mostly women. He would promise them marriage and tell them that he had the capacity to secure their visas and other travelling documents to America with his position as a colonel in the US Marine Army and as an American citizen.
He has confessed to the crime and the forensic investigation we have done using his fingerprints revealed that he is a wanted man in California and he only ran to Nigeria in February to continue his heinous crimes.
Just five days ago, he defrauded a young widow N500,000 with a fake promise that he would secure stay visa for the widow’s three children. He was about running away from Owerri before we tracked him.
Could you imagine that the lady we used in tracking him, he had promised to marry her on meeting her for the first time this afternoon (Saturday). All the exhibits we recovered from him are fake.
The military identities which he used to make his fraudulent activities look genuine. He was even beating security men to this game until we nabbed him.”
On his own part, Slacks, who said he was sorry for his actions and was ready to make amends if given the opportunity, added that he came into the country in February and was ready to refund one of his victims, the widow, her money.
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