The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested 13 Nigerians over alleged $30 million Cyber Fraud in United States of America (USA).
The US department of justice said federal agents arrested 24 suspects for their involvement in the large-scale fraud which targeted citizens, corporations, and financial institutions throughout the country.
Those arrested and charged to a federal court in Atlanta include: Blessing Oluwatimilehin Ojo, Afeez Olaide Adeniran, Matthan Bolaji Ibidapo, Obinna Nwosu, Benjamin Ibukunoluwa Oye, Christopher Akinwande Awonuga, Ahamefule Aso Odus, Paul Chinonso Anyanwu, Chineda Obilom Nwakadu, Chukwukadibia Ikechukwu Nnadozie, Uchechi Chidimma Odus, John Ifeoluwa Onimole, Oluwafunmilade Onamuti
Two of the Nigerians, Afeez Olaide Adeniran and Blessing Ojo faced a separate charge of wire fraud. They were alleged of defrauding a homebuyer of $40,000 intended for a real estate transaction.
According to the statement of the US department, it said:
“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”.
Using Business email compromise schemes, romance fraud scams, and retirement account scams, among other frauds, the suspects duped numerous victims into losing more than $30 million, the Department of Justice, Northern District of Georgia announced on Friday.”
The U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak in his statement said, “Fraud schemes, like the ones perpetrated and facilitated by these defendants, inflict considerable losses on citizens, companies, and the financial system,”
“Some of these schemes target the elderly and often deplete the victims’ entire life savings. These arrests affirm the Department of Justice’s commitment to prosecuting those who prey on our most vulnerable citizens.”
“The FBI would like to thank our numerous federal, state and local law enforcement partners who helped make these arrests possible,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “There is no way we can make the victims of these schemes, many who have lost their life savings, whole again. Hopefully, the arrests and pending prosecutions will at least give them solace that someone is being held accountable for their losses.”
According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the indictment, and other information presented in court: The defendants served as money launderers for other individuals throughout the world who conducted cyber-enabled fraud, including business email compromise schemes, romance scams, and retirement account scams, targeted at companies and individuals across the United States.
Worth of note, the defendants and co-conspirators facilitated BEC schemes, romance scams, and retirement account scams by receiving and distributing fraudulent funds throughout the United States and the world. Over the course of the conspiracy, the defendants and their co-conspirators laundered over $30 million in fraud proceeds.
The defendants created multiple sham companies that did not have physical premises, earn legitimate income, or pay wages to employees. In turn, the defendants opened business bank accounts at multiple financial institutions to facilitate receipt of the fraudulent money.
The defendants also opened personal bank accounts to receive fraudulent funds, often using false identities and victims’ identities. After funds were deposited into the defendants’ bank accounts, the money was quickly withdrawn from the accounts and circulated among the defendants.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictments only contain charges. The defendants are presumed innocent of the charges, and it will be the government’s burden to prove each defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
However, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Secret Service, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations are investigating this case. Stay tuned for Updates on this case!!
I am not a civil servant, says new NANS President KP
Comrade Asefon Sunday, the newly elected President of the National Association of Nigeria Student (NANS) had debunked rumors trending on Social media that he was a civil servant, aged 45 years.
Sunday made the clarification in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.
According to Sunday, he was born on June 12, 1984 and was never under any government or organisation employment
He also denied that life was lost during the just concluded NANS election.
He explained that despite effort by some cult group to invade the venue of the election to cause crisis, the combine effort of the Department of State Security Service DSS and the Nigeria Police Force were able to ensure that the election went smoothly till the end.
Sunday pledged to return the NANS back to its original place of pride as a campus based Students organization with a promise to effect a radical change in the public perception of the organization.
“We will work assiduously towards achieving the objectives of the founding fathers of the association, which is to ensure that the aspirations of Nigerian students are achieved and their interests protected Asefon Said
Sunday also assured the Nigeria students of a robust and engaging NANS with all stakeholders for the benefit of students and educational development under his leadership.
NAN reports that Sunday is a Post Graduate student of Public Sector Governance and Administration from Ekiti State University.
He was declared winner at the end of the NANS Convention held today at area 10 parade ground Abuja After scoring a total of 155 votes against his closest rival Mr Ladoja who scored 100 votes.
United Nations (UN) has revealed that not less than 110 civilians were killed by Boko Haram in the attack on a rice field in Borno State.
A statement by the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon on Sunday while describing the attack as horrifying, said not less than 110 people were killed with many other persons injured in one the deadliest attack by the terrorist group, who have laid siege on the Northeast for over a decade.
Kallon said: “I am outraged and horrified by the gruesome attack against civilians carried out by non-state armed groups in villages near Borno State capital Maiduguri.
“At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack.”
He disclosed that: “In early afternoon of 28 November, armed men on motorcycles led a brutal attack on civilian men and women who were harvesting their fields in Koshobe and other rural communities in Jere Local Government Area. Reports we are receiving are indicating these innocent farmers were the victims of this callous violence.”
Kallon, while condoling with the government and people of Nigeria, said: “I extend my sincere condolences to the families of the civilians who lost their lives in this atrocious attack. I also wish a speedy recovery to those who were wounded in the incident.”
Kallon also lamented that several women may have been kidnapped in the attack.
He said: “We have also received reports that several women may have been kidnapped. I call for their immediate release and return to safety.”
He added that: “My thoughts are also with the rural communities in the area, who are shocked by the brutality of yesterday’s (Saturday’s) attack and fear for their safety.”
He said: “The entire UN system and the humanitarian community working to provide life-saving and development assistance to the most vulnerable in Borno State is outraged by the incident. Such direct attacks against innocent civilians jeopardize the ability for the most vulnerable people to survive the adversity they are facing, and which we are striving to alleviate.”
He said: “The incident is the most violent direct attack against innocent civilians this year. I call for the perpetrators of this heinous and senseless act to be brought to justice.”
He lamented that: “It is unfortunately one of too many such attacks targeting farmers, fishermen and families who are trying to recover some livelihood opportunity after over a decade of conflict.”
He said: “I strongly condemn this attack and any act of violence against innocent civilians and I firmly urge all actors on the ground to respect international laws and humanity.”
The statement said: “Rural communities in Borno State are facing untold hardships. Helping them to farm land and rebuild livelihoods are amongst our priorities and the only way to avoid the looming food crisis in Borno State. They and all other civilians need to be protected and spared from any kind of violence.”
It noted that: “Innocent women, children and men desperately need food and other support and assistance, particularly at a time when we are recording some of the highest levels of food insecurity in Borno State. We owe to do our utmost to help them survive these difficult times.”