The FBI in the United States have relleased identities of Six Nigerians wanted over $6m fraud and other cyber offences involving a fraud of over 70 US firms.
Michael Olorunyomi, Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh, Alex Afolabi Ogunsakin, Felix Osilama Okpoh, Abiola Ayorinde Kayode, and Nnamdi Orson Benson are some of the names on the list.
According to PMNews, the FBI accuses the six of running a business email compromise scam that defrauded over 70 different businesses in the United States, totaling over $6 million in losses.
Uzuh, who appears to be the gang’s leader, was charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in the US District Court of Nebraska, Omaha, on October 18, 2016. A federal warrant for his arrest was issued on October 19th. Since then, he has been hiding somewhere in Nigeria.
According to the FBI poster announcing Uzuh’s arrest, he and his co-conspirators sent faked emails demanding fraudulent wire transfers to thousands of U.S. firms.
Uzuh is accused of collaborating with money launderers, romance scammers, and others involved in BEC schemes to launder the proceeds of various crimes through a complicated network of willing and unwitting individuals in the United States and abroad.
Okpoh, who was indicted three years later, was accused of giving Uzuh and other co-conspirators with hundreds of bank accounts. The accounts were utilized to receive $1 million in fraudulent wire transactions. Okpoh was charged on August 21 and a warrant for his arrest was issued on August 22.
Afolabi Ogunshakin, who was also wanted, is accused of supplying bank accounts to Uzuh and his crew in order for them to accept the illegal wire transfer.
According to the FBI, after becoming an apprentice to Uzuh and others, Ogunshakin got the fraud bug by staging his own BEC. He, like Okpoh, was indicted on August 21 and a warrant for his arrest was issued on August 22.
Abiola Ayorinde Kayode, who is also on the FBI’s list, is accused of giving Uzuh bank accounts. He was also accused of running his own BEC and romance schemes.
On the same day as Ogunshakin and Okpoh, he was indicted. Nnamdi Orson Benson, the group’s fifth member, was also charged with making bank accounts available to the gang. He also concocted his own con games.
Michael Olorunyomi was not only a part of the six-man gang, but he also preyed on elderly people and widows.
He cheated his victims out of almost a million dollars. He also helped the Uzuh organization by supplying bank accounts belonging to his victims, which were then used to make fraudulent wire transfers from other victims.
On November 13, 2019, he was the last to be charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and identity theft.
All of the sought Nigerians are thought to be in the country. The FBI has requested anybody with information about the six to contact their Omaha, Nebraska field office, any local FBI office, or the American embassy in Nigeria.
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