- A Bowie man, Arinze Michael Ozor, has pleaded guilty to charges of false use of a passport
- Ozor has a dual citizen of the United States and Nigeria
- According to a report, he used false passports to open 'drop accounts' for a money-laundering conspiracy
A 36-year-old man, Arinze Michael Ozor, of Bowie, Maryland, who has a dual citizen of the United States and Nigeria, pleaded guilty on Friday, January 3, to federal charges of forgery or false use of a passport.
According to a release by the office United States' Department of Justice, Ozor's crime was in connection with his use of false passports to open “drop accounts” for a money-laundering conspiracy.
Legit.ng gathered that the guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur; special agent in charge, Jennifer C. Boone of the federal bureau of investigation, Baltimore field office; and special agent in charge, Edwin Guard of the Washington field office of the US Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS).
According to his plea agreement, Ozor, a dual citizen of Nigeria and the United States, used at least two fraudulent passports as part of a money-laundering conspiracy to open eight “drop accounts” to receive the proceeds from fraud schemes, including business e-mail compromise schemes and romance fraud schemes.
It was reported that the funds deposited to the accounts were largely disseminated to other entities as part of the conspiracy by Ozor and others.
Ozor admitted that he used a Ghanaian passport in the name of Kelvin Green to open accounts at five banks between December 2017 and January 2018.
He further admitted that from March 23, 2018, through May 1, 2018, he used a purported Beninese passport in the name of Jacob Hessou to open accounts at three additional banks.
The statement read: "As with the Ghanaian passport, the Beninese passport contained purported identifiers for Hessou, but contained Ozor’s photograph.
"The investigation found that Ozor does not have a validly issued passport from Ghana or Benin. In addition, the Kelvin Green Ghanaian passport number and the Jacob Hessou Beninese passport number were actually issued to other individuals by the respective governments and not to Green or Hessou.
"More than $976,000 was involved in the money laundering conspiracy from the eight accounts opened by Ozor using the fraudulent passports."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Nigerian Army detained Brigadier-General Charles Nengite, following the discovery of $16 million in a bank account belonging to his wife by the United States security
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