Nigerian citizens studying in Lithuania suspected of financial fraud

Lithuania's Financial Crime Investigation Service (FNTT) is conducting a pre-trial investigation into withdrawal of money transfers with fake ID documents of African countries by Nigerian citizens studying in a Kaunas university.

The Financial Crime Investigation Service said that the authorities had identified a few Nigerian citizens studying in a few universities of Lithuania and holding temporary residence permits. Some of them have already graduated and left Lithuania, while one Nigerian citizen continues his education in Kaunas with a valid residence permit.

According to the suspicions, one of the Nigerian citizens could have used seven ID documents issued to different citizens of Ghana and Nigeria.

The fake passports contained the photograph of the same individual, however, featured different first and last names. Kaunas investigators conducted searches in Kaunas and Klaipeda, seizing money receipt and dispatch documents.

The investigation is a result of months of FNTT analysis of financial flows and suspicious financial operations in Lithuania conducted by citizens of African countries. The persons aiming to conceal the origin of the money find and hire money mules for the operations.

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