Friday, April 1, 2016 9:58 am
*They sent him on errand to Brazil and then loaded him with cocaine
Nigerian scammers have played a double act on a New Zealand pensioner, promising to share huge money with him and then sending him on errand to Brazil where he was given a bag to take to Perth Australia.
The man was arrested by Australian police on arrival. His luggage, which he thought containend clothes was lined with 6kg of cocaine.
The victim, Roy Arbon today made a brief court appearance in Perth, accused of smuggling cocaine into Australia.
Roy Arbon, 66, was chasing “a large sum of money” a woman offered him if he made the two-day trip to South America, Fairfax Media previously reported.
He paid $4000 for flights to meet two Nigerian men in Brazil who gave him the bag he later took to Perth, which friends say he thought contained only clothing but was allegedly lined with cocaine.
Mr Arbon appeared at Perth Magistrates Court on Friday via video link from Casuarina, where he has remained since his arrest.
The matter was adjourned for a committal mention on July 6 in the District Court, where Mr Arbon will enter a plea and either be sentenced or receive a trial date.
His lawyer indicated Mr Arbon could apply for bail before then.
Supporters insist Mr Arbon, a beekeeper and alpine rescuer who helped in some of New Zealand’s worst disasters, is susceptible to scammers who have siphoned thousands of dollars from him before.
*Published by Sydney Morning HeraldNew Zealander pensioner