Mississippi: Nigerian Romance Scammers Handed Down 235 Year Sentence

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  1. toper01

    toper01 Moderator Staff Member

    Three Nigerian internet fraudsters who befriended many of their victims on dating sites have been handed down huge sentences by a Mississippi court after making tens of millions of dollars from their schemes.

    Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan, 30, was sentenced to 95 years in prison; Rasaq Aderoju Raheem, 31, was given 115 years and Femi Alexander Mewase, 45, got 25 years behind bars.

    A court in the Sothern District of Mississippi found them all guilty of crimes including mail fraud, wire fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud and theft of government property. Ayelotan and Raheem were also found guilty of conspiracies to commit bank fraud and money laundering.

    Dating back to at least 2001, the scammers were involved in multiple internet fraud schemes, resulting in losses in the tens of millions, according to the Department of Justice.

    It claimed that they would befriend women on dating sites, establish a romantic relationship and then either get them to send money or have them participate in fraud schemes, usually without the victim’s knowledge.

    The unsuspecting women would sometimes be required to cash counterfeit checks and money orders; use stolen credit card details to purchase goods; and use stolen personal information to take over victims’ bank accounts.

    They were also apparently used to launder money via Western Union and MoneyGram, and re-package and re-ship goods obtained fraudulently.

    A whopping 21 defendants have already been charged in this ongoing case, 12 of whom have pleaded guilty to charges involving conspiracy and 11 of whom have been sentenced.
    https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/nigerian-romance-scammers-handed/
     
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  2. De Master Yoda

    De Master Yoda Administrator Staff Member

    How about that scammers. Still think scamming is a good career choice? 25 years, 95 years and 115 years in prison. :D
     
  3. Central Scrutinizer

    Central Scrutinizer Administrator Staff Member

    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/three-nigerians-sentenced-international-cyber-financial-fraud-scheme

    Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Three Nigerians Sentenced in International Cyber Financial Fraud Scheme

    Three Nigerian nationals, who were extradited from South Africa to the Southern District of Mississippi in July 2015, were sentenced to prison this week for their roles in a large-scale international fraud network.

    Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco, Acting U.S. Attorney Harold Brittain of the Southern District of Mississippi and Special Agent in Charge Raymond R. Parmer Jr. of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New Orleans made the announcement.

    Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan, 30, was sentenced to 95 years in prison. Rasaq Aderoju Raheem, 31, was sentenced to 115 years in prison. Femi Alexander Mewase, 45, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. After a three-week trial in early 2017, a federal jury found each defendant guilty of offenses involving mail fraud, wire fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud and theft of government property. Ayelotan and Raheem were also found guilty of conspiracies to commit bank fraud and money laundering.

    A total of 21 defendants were charged in this case, 12 of whom have pleaded guilty to charges related to the conspiracy, and 11 of whom have been sentenced to date. One of the leaders of the conspiracy, Teslim Olarewaju Kiriji, 30, of Nigeria was previously sentenced to 20 years in prison. Six other defendants were previously sentenced to 10 years in prison each for their roles in this conspiracy: Adekunle Adefila, 41, of Nigeria; Anuoluwapo Segun Adegbemigun, 40, of Nigeria; Gabriel Oludare Adeniran, 30, of Nigeria; Olufemi Obaro Omoraka, 27, of Nigeria; Taofeeq Olamilekan Oyelade, 32, of Nigeria; and Olusegun Seyi Shonekan, 34, of Nigeria. Genoveva Farfan, 45, of California, was sentenced to 9 years in prison, and Rhulane Fionah Hlungwane, 26, of South Africa, to five years in prison for their roles in the conspiracy. Olutoyin Ogunlade, 41, of New York, was sentenced to four years in prison. Dennis Brian Ladden, 75, of Wisconsin was sentenced to time served and six months’ home confinement. Susan Anne Villeneuve, 61, of California, pleaded guilty earlier this month and is awaiting sentencing.

    According to the plea agreements and evidence at trial, the defendants and their co-conspirators carried out numerous internet-based fraud schemes dating back at least to 2001. These schemes involved using unsuspecting victims to cash counterfeit checks and money orders, using stolen credit card numbers to purchase electronics and other merchandise and using stolen personal identification information to take over victims’ bank accounts. As a whole, the conspiracy involved tens of millions of dollars in intended losses.

    To accomplish their fraud schemes, the conspirators recruited the assistance of U.S. citizens via “romance scams,” in which the perpetrator would typically use a false identity on a dating website to establish a romantic relationship with an unsuspecting victim. 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. For example, the defendants admitted that they used romance victims to launder money via Western Union and MoneyGram, to re-package and re-ship fraudulently obtained merchandise and to cash counterfeit checks.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated the case. Significant assistance was also provided by the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs, the HSI Cyber Crimes Center, HSI Attachés in Pretoria, South Africa and Dakar, Senegal, the U.S. Marshals Service’s International Investigations Branch and the Southern District of Mississippi District Office, the South African Police Service (SAPS) Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (DPCI) Electronic Crimes Unit, the SAPS Interpol Extradition Unit, the South African National Prosecution Authority and the South African Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. Trial Attorney Conor Mulroe of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section, Senior Counsel Peter Roman of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Annette Williams of the Southern District of Mississippi tried the case.

    If you believe that you may have been a victim of criminal fraud committed by any of the defendants, please go to http://www.justice.gov/usao-sdms/scams and complete the questionnaire. Defendants allegedly used the following email addresses and names to perpetuate the scheme:

    ADDIEP01@YAHOO.COM
    ANITA.LAUREN01@GMAIL.COM
    ANITA.LAUREN1@GMAIL.COM
    EMPLOYMENTOFFERS007@YAHOO.COM
    FAYEKIMBERLY@YMAIL.COM
    FAYEKIMBERLY19@YAHOO.COM
    FEMI_OMORAKA@YAHOO.COM
    FMPLUST12@GMAIL.COM
    FNCYJEN@YAHOO.COM
    FOLLYEDWARDS@YAHOO.COM
    GENTILEMARK186@GMAIL.COM
    GERVINOJ@YAHOO.COM
    GERVINOJ11@GMAIL.COM
    GLENNSATTELBERG1961@GMAIL.COM
    HORLAMI84@YAHOO.COM
    JOHNVINO56@GMAIL.COM
    JONES_DICKSON@YAHOO.COM
    JUSTIN.WORSHAM@YAHOO.COM
    KAREN_ROB01@YAHOO.COM
    KEVINSMITH3949@YAHOO.COM
    LMG.ORCHID1827@GMAIL.COM
    LLOYDFARELL0012008@YAHOO.COM
    MARCHAS1963@GMAIL.COM
    MARK2GENTLE@YAHOO.COM
    MATT.MILLER4070@GMAIL.COM
    MAXWELLSAMUEL59@YAHOO.COM
    MIMICOLE001@YAHOO.COM
    MOBICOALZ@GMAIL.COM
    OLADIMEJISEUN2008@YAHOO.COM
    OLUWA_NISHOLA@YAHOO.COM
    PETERLAWSON5050@YAHOO.COM
    RASAQ_ADEROJU@YAHOO.COM
    RDARWIN322@GMAIL.COM
    RDARWIN324@GMAIL.COM
    REDARMY_TX_HOST@YAHOO.COM
    RHULANEF@YAHOO.COM
    RWASSER@ROCKETMAIL.COM
    SEGSEA121@YAHOO.COM
    SMITHKEVIN902@GMAIL.COM
    SPOWELL26AL@GMAIL.COM
    SPOWELL26AL3@YAHOO.COM
    STACYADAMS20009@YAHOO.COM
    STARENTERPRISE74@YAHOO.COM
    SUSANV1418@YAHOO.COM
    TESCOSG@YAHOO.COM

    Stacy Adams
    Marlon Chase
    Regina Darwin
    Folly Edwards
    Kimberly Faye
    Lorene M. Garrett
    Mark Gentile
    John Gervino
    Dickson Jones
    Anita Lauren
    Samuel Maxwell
    Mark Miller
    Adeline Piper
    Sarah Powell
    Karen Robinson
    Glenn Sattelberg
    Kevin Smith
    Mark Smith
    Richard Wasser
    Justin Worsham

    Any information that you provide through the questionnaire may be helpful in the criminal investigation and prosecution of this case. A federal investigator may contact you with additional questions or to request documents you may have. Please note that submitting the questionnaire is not a substitute for consulting with your own attorney to determine what actions and remedies may be available to you through civil litigation. If you have any questions related to this matter that are not addressed at the above websites, you may contact federal law enforcement authorities at USAMSS.Scams@usdoj.gov.

    Component(s):
    Criminal Division
    USAO - Mississippi, Southern
    Press Release Number:
    17-574
     
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  4. De Master Yoda

    De Master Yoda Administrator Staff Member

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    Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan, 30, was sentenced to 95 years in prison; Rasaq Aderoju Raheem, 31, was given 115 years; and Femi Alexander Mewase, 45, got 25 years behind bars.

    From what I understand it was a Federal case so NO time off for good behavior.
    Although with the length of these sentences I do not think it would make any difference.

    Well scammer boys you now have a long time to consider whether it was a good idea to scam people. Don't forget to tell your pals in the scamming business how well it worked out for you.
     
  5. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf Ninja

    De boys dey thought it would be funny.
    To lie and steal and take de money.
    Spend it all on de bling.
    Wine n dine n den to sing.
    Dey cheated and stole without a care.
    Den dey got caught so beware.
    Long time in de cell.
    Now life is not so well.
    Dey hear dat Bubba is around.
    Dey wish to hide underground.
    Dey did de swagger wid style.
    Now they weep n cry for a while.
    In de cell dey rot away.
    Now big bubba holds sway.
    Tears of sadness will dey know.
    Dey pay de price for what dey sow.
     
  6. Sphinx

    Sphinx Administrator Staff Member

    Mississippi burned!
     
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  7. Kat

    Kat Administrator Staff Member

    115 years- unbelievable. But great. Maybe this shows that 419 is not a good career choice.
     
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  8. Jessica

    Jessica Administrator Staff Member

    Bad place to mess around. :whistle:
     
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