3 Extradited Fraudsters Sentenced in US

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  1. Hua Mulan

    Hua Mulan Administrator Staff Member

    Nigerians Get Lengthy Prison Terms for 'Romance Scams'
    3 Extradited Fraudsters Sentenced in US Following Conviction by Jury Mathew J. Schwartz (euroinfosec) • May 26, 2017

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    Sentences were handed down Wednesday against, from left, Rasaq Raheem, Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan and Femi Alexander Mewase. (Photos: Department of Justice)

    Three Nigerian nationals who were convicted of a range of charges - including identity theft and payment card fraud - were sentenced Wednesday to lengthy U.S. prison terms.

    Rasaq Aderoju Raheem
    , 31, was sentenced to serve 115 years in prison; Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan, 30, was sentenced to serve 95 years; and Femi Alexander Mewase, 45, was sentenced to 25 years, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

    The men were arrested as part of a joint operation involving South African Police, Interpol, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations as well as the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

    All three were extradited from South Africa to the United States in 2015.

    During a three-week trial earlier this year in federal court in Mississippi, a jury found each defendant guilty of a variety of offenses, including mail fraud, wire fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud and theft of government property. In addition, Ayelotan and Raheem were found guilty of conspiracies to commit bank fraud and money laundering.

    Federal prosecutors say the three were part of a "large-scale international fraud network" that first began operating in 2001, and that 21 defendants have so far been charged in the case, of whom 12 have pleaded guilty and 11 have now been sentenced.

    The fraud network engaged in "numerous internet-based fraud schemes," including tricking people into cashing counterfeit checks and money orders on the group's behalf, purchasing electronics and other goods that could be easily resold - especially on auction site - using stolen credit and debit card numbers, and taking control of online bank accounts using stolen personally identifiable information, the Justice Department says. "As a whole, the conspiracy involved tens of millions of dollars in intended losses."

    Ayelotan, Mewase and Raheem recruited U.S.-based individuals to further their fraud via "romance scams," prosecutors say. These typically involve a fraudster pretending to be someone else - the gang often adopted identities involving European women - to establish a romantic relationship with victims and trick them into serving as money mules, referring to people who - knowingly or otherwise - transfer money illegally on behalf of others.

    "According to trial evidence and plea documents, once the perpetrator gained the victim's trust and affection, the perpetrator would convince the victim to either send money or to help carry out fraud schemes," according to the Justice Department. "For example, the defendants admitted that they used romance victims to launder money via Western Union and MoneyGram, to repackage and reship fraudulently obtained merchandise and to cash counterfeit checks."

    According to court documents, one woman who believed she was a victim of the romance scam said that she'd met a man online in October 2011, who'd asked her to reship merchandise to an address in Pretoria, South Africa, in return for a $3,000 check, which turned out to be bogus, the Sun Herald newspaper in Mississippi reports.

    Prosecutors say the gang used a variety of email addresses - largely free webmail accounts registered with Google's Gmail service and Yahoo mail - to communicate with victims. Some of those email addresses, the Justice Department says, allegedly included:

    anita.lauren1@gmail.com
    employmentoffers007@yahoo.com
    fayekimberly19@yahoo.com
    karen_rob01@yahoo.com
    mimicole001@yahoo.com
    mobicoalz@gmail.com
    peterlawson5050@yahoo.com
    stacyadams20009@yahoo.com
    starenterprise74@yahoo.com
    tescosg@yahoo.com
     
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  2. De Master Yoda

    De Master Yoda Administrator Staff Member

    Rasaq Aderoju Raheem, 31, was sentenced to serve 115 years in prison; Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan, 30, was sentenced to serve 95 years; and Femi Alexander Mewase, 45, was sentenced to 25 years, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

    And the scammers think that scamming pays! Have fun in your cold dark lonely cell scamming scumbags.

    You just sold the rest of your life for a bit of bling and baubles. Never mind fools you may find a new friend called Big Bubba. He is always looking for new guys. :eek:
     
  3. Jessica

    Jessica Administrator Staff Member

    The face of scamming.

    Say hi to Bubba for us. ;)
     
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  4. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf Ninja

    Rasaq Aderoju Raheem, 31, was sentenced to serve 115 years in prison;

    Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan, 30, was sentenced to serve 95 years;

    Femi Alexander Mewase, 45, was sentenced to 25 years,

    Take a good long look at the sun scammer boys as you may not be seeing much of it in the future.

    Never mind, you may get a couple of years off for good behavior. :LOL:
     

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