US Apprehends 9 ”Yahoo Boys” For Defrauding American Citizensby Ezinna Bosah 08/10/2015 16:33:00 0 comments 1 Views
Nine Nigerians have been arrested by United States authorities for defrauding elderly victims in the U.S of million of dollars in a fraudulent online romance scam.
The Nigerians who were indicted by a U.S grand jury in the district of Maryland are Olusegun Ogunseye, Olufemi Williams, Olusola Ola, Mukhtar Haruna, Victor Oloyede, Gbenga Ogundele, Babatunde Popoola, Adeyinka Awolaja and Mojisola Popoola.
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According to Premium Times, a statement by the U.S Department of Justice said the Nigerians risk 20 years in jail for engaging in fraudulent online romantic relationships.
All the accused are based in the U.S apart from Haruna who is based in Lagos and has yet to be arrested. Their indictment, has 10-count charges of crimes, allegedly committed between January 2011 and Maybe 18, 2015.
They were accused of going through “online dating websites to initiate romantic relationships with elderly male and female individuals.”
“They phoned, emailed, texted and used internet chat messenger services to form romantic relationships with the victims, who lived in Maryland and around the country,” the Department of Justice said.
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“All of the defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiring to commit wire fraud, and for conspiring to commit money laundering,” the Justice Department said.
“All of the defendants except for Mojisola Popoola face a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison to be served consecutive to any other sentence for aggravated identity theft, arising from the alleged use of a victim’s name, bank account number or driver’s license in furtherance of the fraud scheme.
“An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings,” the Justice Department said.