Nigerians have been on the wanted list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lately, and just again, the Intelligence Unit located in the United State Of America has released a new list containing scores of Nigerians who are found guilty of Fraudulent acts
The FBI through the US government has released a fresh list of 80 Nigerians who are again found guilty of a punishable offense- Fraud. The list which is reportedly one of the agency’s several massive bursts consists of details such as full names, particular offense among other things.
The Intelligence Unit went further to also highlight two other Nigerians which they tagged as prime/lead suspects- Valentine Iro, 31, and Chukwudi Christogunus Igbokwe, 38, adding that the duo allegedly coordinated with others to launder the funds from victims.
The information was released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)in a press statement that was released in Los Angeles, California on Thursday by US attorney, Nick Hanna announced it has arrested, “many Nigerians”, in an ongoing investigation related to fraud cases.
While speaking at a press conference, Nick told that “FBI agents along with federal and state law enforcement authorities arrested a total of 14 defendants in the US, all named in a sweeping fraud and money laundering case.”
In addition, he added that “Those arrested today are among 80 defendants charged in a federal grand jury indictment that alleges that millions of dollars were taken from victims through a variety of scams and online frauds,”
Also, Hanna emphasized on the fact that most of the crimes committed by the Nigerians were successful because of the vulnerability on the path of the victims- of which a majority happens to fall within the age range of older adults.
Overall, the respective suspected Nigerians were charged for not less than over 250 counts ranging from “conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, aggravated identity theft”, and have been filed in a lawsuit.
The shocking part of the story is that, apart from the already-arraigned 80 suspects, about 57 others are currently been hunted globally- as informed by the authority informed.
According to a reliable source- Africanews, the ongoing investigation is believed to be one of the largest cases of online fraud in American history, and it comes barely a week after a similar case involving Obinwanne Okeke a Forbes-celebrated Nigerian young entrepreneur was published by the same authority.
“We believe this is one of the largest cases of its kind in US history. BEC scam is used to hack email accounts to convince businesses or individuals to make payments that are either completely bogus or that should have been otherwise paid to legitimate companies.
“Indictments showed very specific allegations against this suspects many of whom are based in Nigeria in terms of stealing money from victims. The indictment also focuses on those responsible for enabling these fraud schemes including operatives in Los Angeles.” the authority told in its press release.
Below is the compilated list of the 80 Nigerians found guilty of the fraudulent act, alongside the two suspected leads: