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United States V. Olumide Obidare, and Stephen Oseghale



 

  • Case Summary: Two Nigerian Nationals were sentenced to prison for stealing $2 million from victims through internet fraud scams including romance scams and business email compromise (BEC). According to court documents, beginning in 2016 through May 2021, Olumide Obidare, 29, and Stephen Oseghale, 29, conspired with each other to use fictitious and stolen identities to engage in business email compromise (BEC) fraud schemes and pursue fraudulent romantic relationships online. As part of the scheme, the defendants obtained false identification documents, including passports and driver’s licenses, and used them to open bank accounts at various banks throughout the United States. The defendants transferred the proceeds of their online romance fraud scams and BEC schemes to bank accounts under their control. In total, the defendants defrauded victims of approximately $2,114,893.91.


  • Charges: Conspiracy to commit wire fraud (Title 18, U.S.C. Section 1349), Aggravated Identity Theft (Title 18, U.S.C. Section 10284), Wire Fraud (Title 18, U.S.C. Section 1343)


  • Case Verdict: On March 14, 2022, Obidare pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Obidare was sentenced to 132 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $2 million in restitution. Oseghale, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, was sentenced on August 16, 2022, to 80 months in prison followed by three years on supervised release, and ordered to pay $453,889.27 in restitution.


 

Sources: https://www.justice.gov/usao-mn/pr/two-nigerian-nationals-sentenced-prison-2-million-internet-fraud-scam

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