US Celebrates 60 Years of Development Assistance to Nigeria – :::… The Tide News Online :::…
Two Nigerian fraudsters, Opeyemi Abidemi Adeoso, 46; and Benjamin Adeleke Ifebajo, 47 years old; were sentenced to 22 and a half years combined in the United States for email scamming.
They were arrested as part of DOJ’s Operation reWired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and spent 22 and a half years in federal prison.
Acting U.S. Attorney Chad E. Meacham announced it last Monday.
Adeoso pleaded guilty in June 2020 to 17 counts of wire fraud, eight counts of money laundering, six counts of using false passports, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy in sight of committing money laundering.
He was sentenced last Thursday by the Chief Justice of the United States, Barbara MG Lynn, to 151 months in federal prison and to pay 9.3 million dollars in restitution.
His co-conspirator, Ifebajo, pleaded guilty in March 2020 to seven counts of wire fraud, six counts of money laundering, four counts of using a false passport, one count of conspiracy to commit fraud by wire and a count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
He was sentenced in June to 120 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $ 2.1 million in restitution.
“These defendants used several tactics to deceive unsuspecting businesses with their money. By assuming fictitious identities, they have defrauded dozens, which endangers the health of businesses and, in turn, erodes the overall economic health, ”said Matthew J. DeSarno, FBI Dallas Special Agent.
“Together with our federal law enforcement partners, we will continue to hold fraudsters accountable for their crimes and the damage they cause. “
Officers opened an investigation into the couple in August 2018, after receiving a report of a professional email compromise system from a victim who had transferred more than $ 504,000 to a bank account registered in the name of the victim. ‘a “Daniel Sammy Campbell”.
Using the address associated with the account, they tracked it to Adeoso.
Officers then examined bank surveillance footage and traced funds to identify Adeoso and Ifebajo, Nigerian nationals in the United States with nonimmigrant visas.
According to court documents, the defendants admitted to using fraudulent passports to open individual bank accounts under assumed names.
Other members of the conspiracy then sent phishing emails – which spoofed the email addresses of employers, supervisors and other known business contacts of the victims – to numerous people tricking them into wire transfers since their personal bank accounts or from their employer’s bank accounts.
Once the money reached the defendants’ accounts, they withdrew the money, often tens of thousands of dollars at a time, in cash, via cashier’s checks, or wire transfer, and then deposited the funds into other alias accounts.
Sometimes they made purchases with the money.
Adeoso reportedly used pseudonyms including: Peter Kuffor, George Macharty, Nelson Johnson, Braheem Larke, Michael Albert, Michael Jaden Sean, Michael Jeff Brown, and Benjamin Zee Brown.
Ifebajo reportedly used pseudonyms including: Joseph Eric Johnson, Jeremiah Alex Malcom, Tidwell Anthony Wilson, and Andrew James Williams.
A third co-conspirator, Temitope Aminat Folorunsho, 35, pleaded guilty in July 2020 to several counts of wire fraud, money laundering, false passport use and conspiracy and was convicted in July 2021 to 37 months in federal prison and ordered to pay approximately $ 221,000 in restitution.
Folorunsho used the aliases Terri L. Brown, Michelle Angel Cole, Robyn L. Granell, and Deborah Kiki Philip.
The Dallas Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Diplomatic Security Service, and the Dallas Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation.
Assistant United States Attorney Tiffany H. Eggers continued the case.