FBI Bust: 77 Nigerians charged for internet fraud in U.S

FBI Photo: Intercept.com

The Federal Bureau for Investigation (FBI) has charged 77 Nigerians for internet related fraud cases.

The 77 Nigerians were charged with 252 federal grand jury indictment counts.

The report has it that the suspects used various online fraud schemes like business email compromise (BEC) frauds, romance scams, and schemes targeting the elderly – to defraud victims out of millions of dollars.

The US Attorney, Nick Hanna, stated this at a press conference on Thursday in Los Angeles, California, USA.

According to Hanna: “FBI agents along with federal and state law enforcement authorities arrested a total of 14 defendants in the US, all named in a sweeping fraud and money laundering case.

“Those arrested today are among 80 defendants charged in a federal grand jury indictment that alleges that millions of dollars were taken from victims through a variety of scams and online frauds.

“The impersonation attacks have cost consumers and businesses more than $3bn since 2015. Prosecutors said Valentine Iro, 31, and Chukwudi Christogunus Igbokwe, 38, both Nigerian nationals and residents of California, are accused of running the operation.”

“This indictment sends a message that we will identify perpetrators – no matter where they reside – and we will cut off the flow of ill-gotten gains.”

“We believe this is one of the largest cases of its kind in US history. BEC scam is used to hack email accounts to convince businesses or individuals to make payments that are either completely bogus or that should have been otherwise paid to legitimate companies.

“Indictments showed very specific allegations against this suspects many of whom are based in Nigeria in terms of stealing money from victims. The indictment also focuses on those responsible for enabling these fraud schemes including operatives in Los Angeles.”

Below are names of the suspects:

1Valentine Iro
2Chukwudi Christogunus Igbokwe
3Jerry Elo Ikogho
4Izuchukwu Kingsley Umejesi
5Adegoke Moses Ogungbe
6Chukwudi Collins Ajaeze (better known as Thank You Jesus)
7Ekene Augustine Ekechukwu
8Chuks Eroha
9Collins Nnaemeka Ojima
10 Uchenna Ochiagha
11Nnamdi Theojoseph Duru
12 Ericson Uche Oforka
13Mark Ifeanyi Chukwuocha
14Augustine Nnamdi
15Chiemezie Christopher Chilaka
16Charles Ohajimkpo
17Stanley Ugochukwu Uche
18Chika Augustine Odionyenma
19Paschal Chima Ogbonna
20Samuel Nnamdi Onwuasoanya
21Macwilliam Chinonso Chukwuocha
22Emmanuel Onyeka Uzoka
23Joshua Aniefiok Awak
24George Ugochukwu Egwumba
25Uchechukwu Solomon Ezirim
26Augustine Ifeanyi Okafor
27Okay Sam Mal
28Leslie N. Mba
29Ogohukwu Innocent Ikewesi
30Emmanuel Uzoma Ogandu (better known as Son of God’
31Amarachukwu Harley Anywanu
32Bright Ifeanyi Azubuike
33Emeka Moses Nwachukwu
34Donatus Izunwanne
35Chinwendu Kenneth Osuji
36Eusebius Ugochukwu Onyeka
37Chidi Anunobi
38Anthony Nwabunwanne Okolo
39Obinna Christian Onuwa
40Chijioke Chukwuma Isamade
41Linus Nnamdi Madufor
42Chrysaugonus Nnebedum
43Ugochukwu Okereke
44Fidel Leon Odimara
45Kingsley Chinedu Onudorogu
46Dessi Nzenwah
47Chimaroke Obasi
48James Chigozie Agube
49Chimaobi Uzozie Okorie
50Ogochukwu Ohiri
51Kennedy Chibueze Ugwu
52Ifeanyichukwu Oluwadamilare Agwuegbo
53Victor Ifeanyi Chukwu
54Chidi Emmanuel Megwa
55Princewill Arinze Duru
56Desmond Iwu
57Onyeka Vincent Chika
58Ifeanyi Kingsley Mezienwa
59Victor Uchenna  Aguh
60Kevin Amarachi Eshimnu
61Vitalis Kelechi Anozie
62Williams Obiora Agunwa
63George Chimezie Dike
64Munachiso Kyrian Ukachukwu
65Nwannebuike Osmund
66Chidiebere Franklin Nwangwu
67Damian Uchechukwu Ajah
68Emeka P. Ejiofor
69Lawrence Chukwuma Ubasineke
70Chinedu Bright Ibeto
71Valentine Amarachi Nwanegwo
72Emmanuel Chidiebere Dike
73Jeremiah Utieyin Eki
74Chinaka Davidson Iwuoha
75Chima Darlington Duru
76Ikenna Christian Ihejiureme
77Obi Onyedika Madekwe

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