11 Nigerians Indicted For Allegedly Committing Fraud In the United States

11 Nigerians have been arraigned over $6m alleged bank fraud in the United States of America.

This is happening two weeks after six other Nigerians were indicted for alleged involvement in over $6m Internet fraud.

According to a statement by the US Attorneyโ€™s Office, District of New Jersey, the defendants are Sulaiman Dosunmu, 39; Tunde Adeowo, 40; Muritala Adeowo, 55; Ayanniyi Alayande, 47; Ahmmed Ponle, 41; Margiettu Kamu, 34; Rafiat Sarumi, 36; Babatunde Oke, 40; Adekunle Owolabi, 49; Olayinka Olaseinde, 42; Olugbenga Oyedele, 47.

According to US Attorney, Craig Carpenito, they 6 were accused of allegedly conspiring to commit bank fraud in Southern New Jersey and South-Eastern Pennsylvania over the course of four years.

They 6 shall face charges of conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to launder money, and aggravated identity theft, and some are charged with additional offences for alleged fraud and money laundering.

โ€œThe defendants are allegedly members of a Nigeria-based, multi-layered organisation that engaged in a massive bank fraud conspiracy in several states, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Rhode Island, between June 2016 and March 2020.

โ€œMembers of the group stole numerous business checks from the United States mail, altered the payee on the checks to a fraudulent name and deposited the checks in bank accounts that had been opened with forged foreign passport documents and fraudulent US visas that matched the names on the stolen checks.

โ€œMembers of the organisation have used over 400 fraudulent accounts with fake identity documents to defraud the banks.

โ€œThe organisation also laundered the proceeds of the fraud by several means, including using debit cards to purchase money orders from third-party stores and using those money orders to purchase used automobiles from different automobile auction companies in Pennsylvania,โ€ the charge sheet partly read.

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