PTAD ARRESTS 3 IMPERSONATORS WHO WANTED TO GET ENLISTED INTO FG PENSIONS PAYROLL

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The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate has said it arrested three impersonators that attempted to deceive the office and get enlisted in the Federal Government’s pension payroll.

A report from the directorate obtained from the directorate stated that it “initiated the arrest of the three pension fraudsters/ impersonators who came to the PTAD office with forged documents with the intention to get admitted on our payroll.”

The directorate, which administers pensions of the Federal Government under the Defined Benefits Scheme, added that in February, it received and documented five pension scamming cases.

In furtherance of its ongoing investigation against a pension scam suspect, Mr Charles Abonyi, PTAD disclosed that calls were placed to a total of 21 pensioners that it believed Abonyi contacted before his arrest.

The directorate said additional documentary evidence was collated and forwarded to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

PTAD said it continued to follow up with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, EFCC, and Police FIB unit on ongoing fraud investigations.

Last year, the directorate disclosed that in conjunction with the EFCC, it arrested a federal auditor with the PTAD for extorting money from retirees.

PTAD stated that the arrest of the auditor was a sign that its anti-corruption programme was beginning to yield results.

PTAD explained that in conjunction with the EFCC, it planned and coordinated the apprehension of the auditor, who was calling pensioners and demanding that a percentage of their pensions be paid to him after they had received payments.

According to the commission, the suspect claimed that the payments were tokens for helping to fast-track the processing of their payments.

The Pension office had advised federal retirees to beware of fraudsters that might want to take advantage of them.

Meanwhile, the directorate said its Executive Secretary, Sharon Ikeazor, had been commended for her determination to win the fight against pension scammers and fraudsters through creation of Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit in the directorate, vigorous media campaigns against fraudsters’ activities and staff training on early detection of fraudsters and scammers in the system.

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