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Sheriff's Investigators Nab Fugitive with Fake Job Offer

Sheriff's Investigators Nab Fugitive with Fake Job Offer

Victoria Okegbola

Chicago Sun Times via YellowBrix

June 24, 2010

COOK COUNTY, IL – A Florida fugitive who had traveled around the world will be extradited on Wednesday after Cook County Sheriff’s fugitive investigators developed an elaborate plan to capture her.

Victoria Okegbola, 28, has been wanted in Broward County, Fla., since she left the country last summer. In May, Broward County officials notified Cook County investigators that Okegbola may be living in the area, a release from the sheriff’s office said. She was arrested June 4 in the 8500 block of South University Drive.

She has been wanted for allegedly fleeing Florida with her 1-1/2 year-old son while engaged in a custody dispute with the boy’s father, according to the release. In July 2009, in the midst of that dispute, the Nigerian native returned to her home country with her son to stay with family there.

The father had verbally agreed to the trip on the condition he would be able to contact and visit the child in Nigeria, according to the sheriff’s office. But once Okegbola arrived in Africa, the father was denied visitation. Okegbola then returned to the United States to pursue a nursing degree, leaving her son with relatives in Nigeria.

Her husband contacted Nigerian officials and the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria to confirm the boy’s well-being, but all attempts atmcontact were denied by her family. Finally, after numerous attempts, the Nigerian government completed a welfare check and confirmed the boy was in good health.

Florida officials continued pursuing charges of interference with custody.

In May, Cook County investigators learned Okegbola recently received a nursing degree from Chicago’s Samland Institute of Allied Health and Technology, the release said.

Investigators checked addresses where she claimed to live in Chicago, but were unable to find her. They then began placing calls to various numbers she had used while a student, until they located a current working number.

That’s when a sheriff’s investigator posed as an executive with a local nursing agency, indicating to Okegbola there would be a position open with the firm, the sheriff’s office said. Okegbola agreed to meet the officer at the South Side home where she was staying.

But instead of answering the door to someone delivering documents about a job, Okegbola was instead greeted by officers who arrested her without incident. Investigators found no evidence her child had recently been at the residence and she confirmed she has not seen her son since she left Nigeria.

Okegbola has been held in the Cook County Jail since her June 4 arrest. Florida officials are expected to arrive Wednesday to extradite her.


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    djs2v

    about 4 years ago

    5628 Comments

    Good job!

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    Baxter2

    about 4 years ago

    1846 Comments

    Why was she allowed back in the country from Nigeria if there was a warrant for her arrest from Florida??

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    clobster

    about 4 years ago

    1552 Comments

    Ever been through a divorce with kids involved? Better get along with them, because you'll have to deal with them the rest of your life. Fleeing the country with one of the kids usually doesn't go over well.

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    Patrolman25

    about 4 years ago

    178 Comments

    Crappy people pursued by quality police work!

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    Irishcop1961

    about 4 years ago

    51112 Comments

    What ever you have to do. Nice job.

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    95Zcar

    about 4 years ago

    3992 Comments

    Nice piece of police work and justice hopefully will be served.

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    rsironron

    about 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    I agree with angels4ever

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Well she should of not taken her son away from the father and this would of never happened.I don't understand why people just can't get along when it comes to the kids.Instead they use them as a way to get back at each other.So sad for the kids.

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    fnmc22

    about 4 years ago

    212 Comments

    I would of loved to see the look on her face when she answered the door. "waaaah waaahhh waaaahhhhhhh"

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    EricMorris

    about 4 years ago

    48 Comments

    hey hey now thats smart very very smart as that little boy would say in that old classic game commerical "very sneekie sis"

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    rcruzot86

    about 4 years ago

    40 Comments

    Sneeekeee Sneeekeee Sir !

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    BigNTS

    about 4 years ago

    6840 Comments

    Nice work.

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    CPD82

    about 4 years ago

    466 Comments

    maybe she'll be able to put that nursing degree to use in jail. lol if i was trying to run from the cops i dont know if i would leave a paper trail like that. goin to school and addresses and phone numbers. guess she's not that smart after all

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    Collegecop_WA

    about 4 years ago

    2380 Comments

    Outstanding job, one more bad guy off the streets!

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    AKangel

    about 4 years ago

    4978 Comments

    NICE! SNEEEEKEEEE......

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