US Government Declares Six Nigerians Wanted Over $6m Cyber Fraud

US Sanctions Nigerian Cyber Actors OnoBello

The US government, on Tuesday, declared wanted six Nigerians who are currently on the run after they were indicted and charged for internet-related crimes.

According to the US Department of Justice, the six Nigerians were indicted by both the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Attorney’s Office in Nebraska for various cyber crimes ranging from romance scam to Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes.

The six runaway Nigerians are Richard Uzuh; Michael Olorunyomi; Alex Ogunshakin; Felix Okpoh; Abiola Kayode and Nnamdi Benson.

Among the charges filed against the six Nigerians by the Department of Justice were conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud, punishable by up to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000; identity theft and access device fraud, each punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.

It was gathered that Richard Uzuh led BEC and romance scam syndicate while a loss of $6.3 million was said to have been attributed to him. On his part, Michael Olorunyomi engaged in romance scam with victims losing money exceeding $1 million.

Afolabi Ogunsakin was described as a BEC and romance scammer who worked closely with Uzuh and others involved in the crime, while Felix Okpoh was described as a romance scammer and money launderer.

Nnamdi Benson was also described as a romance scammer and money launderer who also worked with Uzuh while Abiola Kayode was described as a BEC and romance scammer who worked with Uzuh and others.

 

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