13 Nigerians arrested in connection with $30m money laundering scheme in U.S

13 Nigerians arrested in connection with $30m money laundering scheme in U.S

- The US department of justice has charged wenty-four individuals who were arrested for their involvement in a $30 million fraud operation

- Thirteen Nigerians who were among the suspects arrested by federal agents duped many US citizens

- The suspects were able to perpetuate the crimes through business email compromise, romance fraud scam among others

About twenty-four individuals including thirteen Nigerians have been arrested by federal agents for their involvement in a $30 million fraud and money laundering operation in the United States.

The US department of justice in a statement said the suspects duped many victims who are US citizens through romance fraud scams, business email compromise schemes, and retirement account scams, among other frauds.

The statement by the U.S department of justice reads in parts: "Darius Sowah Okang is also charged with one count of bank fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft. The indictment alleges that Okang created a bank account in a retirement scam victim’s name, which was then used to deposit approximately $288,000 in funds fraudulently withdrawn from the victim’s retirement account.

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"Afeez Olaide Adeniran and Blessing Ojo are also charged with wire fraud. The indictment alleges that Adeniran defrauded a homebuyer of $40,000 intended for a real estate transaction.

13 Nigerians arrested in connection with $30m money laundering scheme in U.S

The US department of justice has charged 13 Nigerians who were arrested for their involvement in a $30 million fraud operation
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The indictment alleges that due to a computer intrusion and false invoicing scam, Ojo caused a media company in California to send payments totaling $89,140 to a bank account controlled by one of the defendants. In total, the victim sent $646,840, as a result of the fraud."

Here is the full list of the Nigerian defendants arrested and charged to a federal court in Atlanta are:

1. Blessing Oluwatimilehin Ojo

2. Afeez Olaide Adeniran

3. Matthan Bolaji Ibidapo

4. Obinna Nwosu

5. Benjamin Ibukunoluwa Oye

6. Christopher Akinwande Awonuga

7. Ahamefule Aso Odus

8. Paul Chinonso Anyanwu

9. Chineda Obilom Nwakadu

10. Chukwukadibia Ikechukwu Nnadozie

11. Uchechi Chidimma Odus

12. John Ifeoluwa Onimole

13. Oluwafunmilade Onamuti

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Legit.ng previously reported that the United States government charged four Nigerians and 11 others for an alleged $18 million cyber and bank fraud on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at the Manhattan Federal Court, New York.

A statement the US Department of Justice said that four of the accused were arrested in the District of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday while one was already in state custody and 10 are still on the run.

In a related development, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) continues to record breakthrough in its fight against cyberfraud.

No fewer than 79 youngsters along with 30-year-old Oladimeji Olusegun Ogunfolaju, owner of Lakers Hotel and Lake County Entertainment were arrested by the anti-graft agency for alleged involvement in internet fraud.

In a statement released by the commission on its official page on Facebook on Monday, March 9, the suspects were arrested on Saturday, March 7, during a sting operation on the hotel located at 29, Ebute-Igbogbo Road, Ikorodu, Lagos state.

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