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US Sets To Prosecute 11 Nigerians Over Fresh $6m Fraud


As indicated by an announcement by the US Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey, the respondents are Sulaiman Dosunmu, 39; Tunde Adeowo, 40; Muritala Adeowo, 55; Ayanniyi Alayande, 47; Ahmmed Ponle, 41; Margiettu Kamu, 34; Rafiat Sarumi, 36; Babatunde Oke, 40; Adekunle Owolabi, 49; Olayinka Olaseinde, 42; Olugbenga Oyedele, 47.

They were charged for their supposed jobs in a trick to submit bank misrepresentation in Southern New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania through the span of four years, US Attorney, Craig Carpenito said.

The suspects, said to have cheated several casualties through records domiciled in American banks including Wells Fargo, were summoned on various tallies including extortion, falsification, among others.

The charge sheet halfway read:

“The defendants are allegedly members of a Nigeria-based, multi-layered organization that engaged in a massive bank fraud conspiracy in several states, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Rhode Island, between June 2016 and March 2020.

“Members of the group stole numerous business checks from the United States mail, altered the payee on the checks to a fraudulent name and deposited the checks in bank accounts that had been opened with forged foreign passport documents and fraudulent US visas that matched the names on the stolen checks.

“Members of the organization have used over 400 fraudulent accounts with fake identity documents to defraud the banks.

“The organization also laundered the proceeds of the fraud by several means, including using debit cards to purchase money orders from third-party stores and using those money orders to purchase used automobiles from different automobile auction companies in Pennsylvania.

“The vehicles were then exported to Nigeria and other countries in Africa to launder the stolen funds and to increase profits by selling the vehicles at the higher market values obtained for vehicles in these foreign countries.”

They risk a punishment of 30 years in jail and a fine of $1 million whenever saw as blameworthy.