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14.10.2021 news TABLE: Names, Ages of 11 Nigerians Charged by the US for $9m Fraud

Published 14th Oct, 2021

By Abdullah Tijani

The United States Department of Justice has charged 11 Nigerians with conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

According to a statement released by the agency on Wednesday, over 50 victims sent more than $9 million to the defendants through online fraud schemes.

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“Victims were typically defrauded in one of two ways,” the statement reads in part. “In some instances, business email compromise fraud schemes were used to trick businesses into transferring funds to bank accounts the victims believed were under the control of legitimate recipients of the funds as part of normal business operations, when in fact the bank accounts were under the control of the defendants or their conspirators.

“In other instances, romance scams were used, primarily through electronic messages sent via email, text messaging, social media, or online dating websites, to deceive victims—many of whom were vulnerable older men and women—into believing they were in romantic relationships with fake identities, and then using false pretenses to cause the victims to transfer funds to bank accounts controlled by the defendants or their co-conspirators.”

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The suspects arrested are:

S/NNAMEAGE
01Adebayo John32
02Oluwadamilola Akinpelu26
03Kazeem Raheem29
04Morakinyo Gbeyide39
05Warris Adenuga26
06Lateef Goloba27
07Samsondeen Goloba29
08Olawale Olaniyan41
09Olawoyin Peter Olarewaju34
10Emmanuel Oronsaye-Ajaye30
11Smart Agunbiade28

However, the US Department of Justice noted in the statement that the indictments are mere allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Published 14th Oct, 2021

By Abdullah Tijani

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