US Declares 29-Year-Old Nigerian Man Who Poses as Ventilator Seller Wanted, Gives Strong Reason

US Declares 29-Year-Old Nigerian Man Who Poses as Ventilator Seller Wanted, Gives Strong Reason

  • A Nigerian, Chidozie Collins Obasi, has been declared wanted by the United States over a $30m fraud
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation disclosed that Obasi was indicted for defrauding New York State of more than $30 million by posing as a ventilator seller during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The FBI noted further that the suspect targeted Americans through a spam email campaign offering illegitimate “work from home” jobs

A report by Vanguard has it that a 29-year-old Nigerian man, Chidozie Collins Obasi, has been declared wanted in the United States for alleged fraud.

The Nigerian is accused of allegedly defrauding US hospitals of $31 million by offering non-existent COVID-19 ventilators for sale.

This was disclosed in a statement by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) on Friday, September 9.

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The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, Chidozie Collins Obasi, $30m fraud, New York
The United States has declared the 29-year-old Nigerian ventilator seller wanted over $30m fraud. Photo credit: Vanguard,, Getty Images
Source: Facebook

Obasi's crime revealed

It added that the suspect perpetrated the scheme from Nigeria with the support of co-conspirators abroad between September 2018 and June 2020.

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Obasi and his accomplices allegedly received more than $31,000,000 through a complicated fraud scheme, the majority coming from the State of New York.

“Obasi allegedly convinced a medical equipment broker in the U.S. to broker sales of these non-existent ventilators, and ultimately deceived the State of New York into wiring more than $30 million for the purchase of ventilators that did not exist,” part of the statement reads.

According to the indictment sheet, Obasi who is presently a fugitive, is being charged with “one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, six counts of mail fraud and 16 counts of wire fraud.”

He faces a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison, a five-year period of supervised release, and a $5,750,000 fine and would also be required to make full restitution of the more than $31,000,000 that he allegedly obtained by fraud if found guilty, The Punch report added.

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Nigerians react

Nigerians in their usual manner took to the Facebook page of and aired their opinion.

Theodora Okpobodise-Ere Ovuru said

"Lol...621 years? Even if Jesus come, him go leave this guy for prison carry us go heaven.
"Na make dem see d guy first sha!

Cruise ZONE urged

"Make them no allow this guy meet with hush for same prison. The two go hack the Judge brain ."

Successful Ozovehe maintained that

"$30 divide by 621 years it will give u over $130 so on daily basis he paid for his crime that's huge."

Donnuel Okwy Egboh lamented

"This Boyz keep disgracing us every time, what's wrong with them sef."

Onyeisi Biose urged

"He should give ASUU there own share."

Cynthia Obioma jokingly said

"Finally the prophesy of that man that said you will suffer for 600 years has come to pass. ."

Paul Ighahwo stated

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"Oboy this guy most be Hushpoppi relative, because his Vawulence is too loud."

Bruno Jim urged

"Make him run come back Nigeria, we go hide am."

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