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Six Nigerian nationals extradited to Miss. in Internet scam case

Greg Toppo, USATODAY 7:22 p.m. EDT July 13, 2015

Have you gotten an online dating message recently from Adeline Piper? How about Dickson Jones or Marlon Chase? The person on the other end may be a Nigerian scammer, the U.S. government said on Monday.

In a case that could spread to other states, six Nigerian nationals have been extradited to Mississippi to face charges that they helped run a nearly 15-year-long series of Internet scams. The rip-offs preyed upon Americans using online dating and work-at-home websites, among others.

In a nine-count federal indictment, the U.S. Justice Department said that since 2001, the group has committed several crimes, including mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud and identity theft. The case includes “romance-reshipping scams, fraudulent check scams, work-at-home scams and account take-overs.”

In one case from 2013, the defendants drained $34,950 from a brokerage account belonging to two of the victims and dropped the money into a bank account. Then they began withdrawing it with MoneyGrams and prepaid VISA cards, a few hundred dollars at a time, over the next several months.

In another case from 2011, the indictment said, the con artists opened a fraudulent AT&T wireless telephone account using the name of one victim, then bought two BlackBerry Torch smartphones with a credit card stolen from a second victim; then they shipped the phones to a third victim, with instructions on how to ship the devices to South Africa.

In many of the cases, the indictment said, victims believed they were shipping the items abroad for charitable purposes.

Officials said the six Nigerian nationals were extradited from South Africa, where they operated, to Gulfport, Miss., to face federal charges there. The Justice Department said the victims lived in Mississippi and were enticed to give up personal and financial data, in some cases, through fictitious online romantic relationships.

The suspects used, among other tools, the dating site, the indictment said. The site calls itself a “community specially designed to cater to senior singles seeking mature dating.” It advertises that users can “meet senior singles in under 2 minutes.” Officials with the site didn’t immediately respond to an interview request.

Federal prosecutors have already won convictions for three others in the case; a half dozen are awaiting trial, while authorities are still trying to extradite three more suspects from Nigeria. Three more alleged scammers remain fugitives, the government said.

A Justice Department spokesperson said the investigation is ongoing and could expand to include charges in other states.


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Woman Detained on Suspicion of Forgery

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A Springfield woman detained on suspicion of forgery Tuesday afternoon was released after investigators determined she was involved in a Nigerian Internet scam.
Police were sent to Williamsville State Bank, 1748 Wabash Ave., about 1:30 p.m. after the 48-year-old woman tried to cash six postal money orders totaling $5,400. Bank employees realized there was a problem with the money orders and notified police.

After being questioned by investigators from the police department and the U.S. Postal Service, the woman was released. A police report on the incident did not elaborate on why she was let go, but it did say the woman told police she had received an e-mail offering her a job cashing money orders that would be sent to her, and that she could keep 10 percent of the money if she sent the rest back.

Detectives apparently believed the woman, who is unemployed, did not understand she was participating in a scam and released her.

source–Springfield state journal register
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Student Convicted of Posing as CBN Governor to Scam Woman in $27,000 Case

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A 200-level student of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Muniru Adigun, has been sentenced to seven and half years imprisonment by an Ikeja High Court presided over by Justice Monike Obadina.

The accused, who was standing trial with another accused person, Emeka Ekeh over a five-count charge of conspiracy to obtain money by false pretences and forgery levelled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), pleaded guilty to the charge while his accused counterpart Emeka, pleaded not guilty.

The EFCC prosecutor, Mr. Kayode Oni, told the court that the accused, who operated with the name of the CBN Governor, Professor Charles Soludo, together with the second accused, conspired to obtain 1,300 US dollars under false pretence from one Vicky Deschene, an American citizen, as processing fee for the transfer of 27,000 US dollars to her in the United States.

The sum was claimed by the accused to have been recovered from a Nigeria fraudster that obtained the sum of 33,000 US dollars from the American.

The prosecutor also told the court that the accused also forged a Union Bank Nigeria Plc’s draft in the name of one Douglas Schrether for the sum of 750,000 US dollars purported to have been issued by the bank.

The defence counsel , Mr. Tunde Adesanya, pleaded with the judge to tempter justice with mercy and that the accused was influenced by his friend and has shown remorse for his action.

The judge, while giving her ruling, said she accepted the guilty plea of the accused and convicted him as charged. She said the accused should have concentrated on his studies at the university to earn a degree and livelihood through lawful means, but because he had shown remorse for his action, she would be lenient with him.

She, however, sentenced him to 18 months imprisonment for each count without option of fine. The sentence will run concurrently.

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