A Nigerian man based in Oklahoma, USA, was sentenced to four years in prison in the Northern District of Oklahoma for leading a group of money launderers in an online Nigerian love scam.
Afeez Adebara’s group , the U.S. Department of Justice, said it defrauded multiple victims, including the elderly in the United States, and caused losses of at least $ 2.5 million.
Adebara confessed on November 3, 2020 guilty of money laundering conspiracy.
Court documents and testimony, between 2017 and November 2019, Adebara and co-conspirators knowingly concealed the proceeds of a romance fraud operation by moving money between and between multiple bank accounts opened under different pseudonyms were used by using forged passports and other fraudulent identification documents to hide the source of the funds and the identity of the co-conspirators.
Da After that, Adebara took further steps to hide the source of the funds, took a commission for himself and returned the remainder of the funds to the online romance scammers in Nigeria, including in the form of vehicles and vehicle parts.
< p> Adebara coordinated with foreign co-conspirators who assumed false identities on online dating websites and social media platforms in order to defraud victims. Adebara opened several accounts with fraudulent identities and then gave the account and routing numbers to the foreign co-conspirators.
The foreign co-conspirators told the victims that they were US residents, worked overseas or were traveling .
In the course of their online relationships, the co-conspirators abroad demanded ever larger sums of money with the alleged purpose of using the funds to complete business projects or to return them to the United States. The victims were instructed by the overseas co-conspirators to transfer funds to specific bank accounts with assurances that the money would supposedly be distributed as needed.
Previously John Ogundele, 32, from New York, New York, was sentenced to 33 months in prison; Paul Usoro, 25, a Nigerian citizen and lawful permanent resident of the United States residing in Norman, was sentenced to 12 months in prison, six of which were to be served in domestic custody.
Also, Joshua Ditep, 26, a Nigerian national and lawful permanent resident of the United States, residing in Norman, was sentenced to 10 months in prison; Tobiloba Kehinde, 29, a Nigerian national residing in Norman, was sentenced to eight months in prison, four of which were to be served in domestic custody; and Chibuzo Obiefuna, 28, of Long Beach, Calif., and Jamiu Adedeji, 25, a Nigerian national residing in Norman, were both sentenced to imprisonment.
Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the The Department of Justice Criminal Investigation, Acting US Attorney Clinton J. Johnson for the Northern District of Oklahoma, and Special Agent Melissa Godbold of the FBI-Oklahoma City Field Office announced this.