March 1, 2024
Two Nigerians sentenced to prison over $2 million internet fraud in US

Two Nigerians sentenced to prison over $2 million internet fraud in US

Two Nigerian men living in the United States were sentenced to prison for defrauding Americans out of more than $2 million through an internet romance scam.

Both convicts were sentenced to 17 years and six months in prison.

This comes just 72 hours after the US declared wanted a 29-year-old Nigerian, Chidozie Collins Obasi, for defrauding the state of New York of $30 million through the COVID-19 ventilators scam.

Convicts’ offence

According to a press release issued by the US Department of Justice, the two Nigerians Olumide Obidare and Stephen Oseghale defrauded their victims by engaging in business email compromise using fictitious names and stolen identities (BEC).

They are both 29 years old and used BEC fraud schemes to dupe their victims into pursuing fraudulent romantic relationships online.

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It was learned that the outcome of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation was crucial in this case (FBI).

Obidare’s sentence

On Monday, US District Court Judge Nancy E. Brasel sentenced Obidare to 132 months in prison with three years of supervised release.

According to US Attorney Andrew M. Luger, he was also ordered to pay $1,955,507.53 in restitution after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft on March 14, 2022.

“According to court documents, beginning in 2016 and continuing through May 2021, Olumide Obidare, 29, and Stephen Oseghale, 29, conspired with each other to use fictitious and stolen identities to engage in business email compromise (BEC) fraud schemes and pursue fraudulent romantic relationships online,” the statement read in part.

“As part of the scheme, the defendants obtained false identification documents, such as passports and driver’s licenses, and used them to open bank accounts at various banks across the country.”

The defendants transferred the proceeds of their online romance fraud scams and BEC schemes to their own bank accounts. The defendants defrauded victims out of a total of $2,114,893.91.

Obidare pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft on March 14, 2022. Judge Nancy E. Brasel of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia sentenced Obidare to 132 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered him to pay $1,955,507.53 in restitution earlier today.

Oseghale’s conviction

 

Meanwhile, Oseghale was sentenced to 6 years and 6 months in prison a month earlier on August 16th.

“On August 16, 2022, Oseghale, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, was sentenced to 80 months in prison followed by three years on supervised release and ordered to pay $453,889.27 in restitution,” according to the statement.

 

Two Nigerians sentenced to prison over $2 million internet fraud in US

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