Two Nigerian Nationals Sentenced to Jail for $2 Million Internet Fraud Scam | USAO-MN
MINNEAPOLIS — Two men have been sentenced to prison for stealing more than $2 million from victims of work email compromise and romance fraud schemes, U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger said.
According to court documents, from 2016 to May 2021, Olumide Obidare, 29, and Stephen Oseghale, 29, conspired with each other to use fictitious and stolen identities to engage in fraud-by-compromise schemes. business email (BEC) and pursue fraudulent online romantic relationships. . As part of the scheme, the defendants obtained false identity documents, including passports and driver’s licenses, and used them to open bank accounts at various banks across 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 the victims of approximately $2,114,893.91.
On March 14, 2022, Obidare pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Earlier in the day, U.S. District Court Judge Nancy E. Brasel sentenced Obidare to 132 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $1,955,507.53 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 of supervised release and ordered to pay 453,889.27 $ in compensation.
This case is the result of an investigation by the FBI.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Kimberly A. Svendsen and former Assistant US Attorney Miranda E. Dugi.