Another Nigerian Sentenced for Cyber Scam, also Committed Marriage Fraud to Stay in US

I promise this isn’t a blog just for Nigerian scammers we ‘welcomed’ to America even if it seems that way sometimes!

Maybe we have a special visa I didn’t know about to attract the best and brightest scammers in the world to ply their trade while living among us!

First thing I did after seeing the news from the US Justice Department about Nigerian national Olufolajimi Abegunde getting a six year sentence in the slammer (the taxpayers must now pay for!) was to see if there was a picture this time.

Well, what do you know there is!

Abegunde received an MBA from Texas A&M which gives us a clue that he came to the US on a student visa.

You will see below that he committed marriage fraud to stay—a common pathway for ‘new American’ wannabees.

The photo at right has been used widely around the world (not much US media coverage of his case), but Nigerian writers are promoting the propaganda that Abegunde was being racially profiled by the feds in Tennessee.

In January of this year, according to an African blogger, Abegunde is innocent and he was scapegoated by racist feds operating in racist Memphis, Tennessee:

Other updates to the saga also shows that a local judge in Memphis TN area, the city where he is being held, confirmed that Federal authorities around TN area act and prosecute based on racial bias.

Judge Fowlkes of Memphis TN confirmed this while trying a gun charge case.The case involved a white man who records say sold an undercover officer 100 ecstasy pills for $800, while his black partner stayed in the car with a gun.

Fowlkes asked why the white defendant wasn’t slapped with the same gun charge as the black defendant since they worked together. The gun charge carres an automatic 5 year sentence just for the black person.

The above case shows that Olufolajimi’s claims of racial mistreatment is valid and should be taken into account. His family wishes to draw the attention of current Presidential aspirants and other concerned Nigerians to look into this matter as Nigeria cannot continue to fold it’s arms while it’s citizens are mistreated on the basis of skin color.

Now have a look at the US Justice Department case against the pure-as-the-driven-snow Abegunde:

Nigerian Citizen Sentenced for Role in International Cyber-Fraud Scheme

Memphis, TN – A citizen of Nigeria residing in Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced to 78 months in prison yesterday for his role in an international cyber fraud scheme….

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Abegunde and Ramos-Alonso participated in a criminal organization in which members “spoofed” emails and created fake profiles on dating websites in order to fool victims into sending money to bogus bank accounts under the control of members of the conspiracy. The proceeds would be laundered and subsequently wired out of the United States to destinations including West Africa.

The organization as a whole is believed to have caused more than $10,000,000 in damage to United States citizens and businesses.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said: “Frauds perpetrated through the Internet cause significant financial harm to businesses and individuals in our District and throughout the United States. Because those committing Internet fraud involve foreign nationals and others who hide behind technology, the cases are difficult – but not impossible – to investigate. We will continue to deploy our resources to take on these difficult cases, and we are pleased to achieve justice for the victims in this case.”

Read the details about how the crooks set up their cyber crimes, but below we see how Abegunde used marriage fraud to stay in the US once he finished ‘studying’ at Texas A & M.  You can’t make this up!

The Justice Department continues…

In addition to his financial activities, Abegunde also engaged in a conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. Abegunde was married during his studies at Texas A&M, but divorced his wife in 2016 to marry a U.S. service member through whom he could obtain immigration and health care benefits and also open new bank accounts.

He continued to live with his first wife in Atlanta while his U.S. service member wife was deployed to South Korea.

While incarcerated and awaiting trial in the Western District of Tennessee, Abegunde continued his conspiratorial activities, trying to convince his fake spouse, who has since filed for divorce, to refuse to testify against him.

Abegunde is contesting the divorce from his fake spouse.

Abegunde also engaged in witness tampering by sending a self-written Motion to Dismiss bearing his former attorney’s name and professional attestation. The evidence at trial established that Abegunde drafted and sent the motion, which his attorney expressly did not authorize, to his faux spouse in an effort to deceive her into not testifying against him.

Read it all here.

You wouldn’t know it if you just watch cable news and read your local paper, but there are many, many fraud schemes (perpetrated by foreign nationals)  busted every day by the Trump Administration.  The President should be bragging about the crooks and criminals he is getting off the streets.

At each rally he should showcase some of the best cases his Justice Department has prosecuted.

Be sure to see my tag below for Nigeria!

Texas: New American sees Medical License Suspended, WTH Took so Long?

Geez, he allegedly stalked at least one underage girl, clearly harassing her even after a court order told him to stay away, and it wasn’t even his first run-in with the law.  He was arrested in 2017 for stalking another woman.

Although no story mentions his nationality, I’m betting on the ‘N-word’—Nigerian.  And, I wonder if he is a student visa overstay, but of course there is no mention of his immigration status.

His mental fitness to practice medicine is being questioned, but how about questioning why he is in the US in the first place!

Here is the story from Dallas News:

Frisco doctor banned from practicing medicine after allegedly stalking underage girl

A Frisco doctor who is accused of stalking an underage high school student has been barred from practicing medicine in Texas.

The state’s medical board suspended Uchenna Okechukwu Aduba’s medical license this week after a panel found that his practice “would constitute a continuing threat to the public welfare.”

The Dallas News story doesn’t have a picture of the alleged crazy stalker, Uchenna Okechukwu Aduba, but the local CBS affiliate does. More details too! https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2019/10/17/frisco-doctor-uchenna-aduba-suspended-after-allegedly-stalking-harassing-underaged-girl/

Aduba faces felony charges in Collin County because of allegations that he stalked a high school student, even following her into a classroom. He’s also faced accusations of harassment at an elementary school, Collin College campuses and in his northeast Frisco neighborhood.

It’s unclear whether Aduba was practicing medicine in Frisco, a Texas Medical Board spokesman said. He received his Texas medical license while he was a resident at Houston’s UT Health hospital in 2017, and records show he also held a medical license in California from May 2015 to October 2016.

Since June 2016, Aduba has been evaluated nine times by physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors, according to Texas Medical Board documents. He has been diagnosed with “serious mental health conditions that affect his ability to practice medicine safely.”

The board temporarily suspended Aduba’s medical license Oct. 10. It will remain suspended until the board takes further action either in a settlement with Aduba or through a hearing during which Aduba can defend himself against the accusations.

What took so long?

The stalking charge is scheduled to go to trial in early November.

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He also is accused of stalking a high school student who lived in his neighborhood, according to the documents. He tried sending messages to her through the Nextdoor app, knocking on her door and sliding a photo of himself under her door with his telephone number written on it.

Aduba followed the high school student in his car while she was on her way to class, according to the documents. He made it into her classroom before the school’s staff detained him. [Imagine how scary this was for the victim!—ed]

At the time he told a Frisco police officer he was a Collin College student who was there to observe the class, and he provided a fake student ID number, according to the documents.

On Nov. 3, 2017, he was arrested on a felony stalking charge. As part of the arraignment on that charge, a protective order was imposed on Aduba to prevent him from coming within 2,000 feet of the girl.

Four days later, he was arrested for violating that protective order after he drove past the girl’s home.

No! I haven’t renamed this blog—it is not ‘Nigerian Frauds and Crooks’ (yet!).

However, just take a look at all the Nigerian frauds, crooks and murderers I’ve written about just since January!

Thanks to a reader for sending this story.  And, I want to thank all of you for sending links to promising stories for Frauds, Crooks and Criminals. Unfortunately there aren’t enough hours in my day to post them all especially as I am now writing regularly again at Refugee Resettlement Watch, see here.

Ultimate Fighting Championship Pits Nigerian Immigrant Against White Trump Supporter

This is not a joke!  A December UFC welterweight championship fight will feature the son of a Nigerian immigrant who happens to be serving a 15-year sentence for stealing from taxpayers through Medicare/Medicaid fraud.

Given an award by the Republican National Committee for “Businessman of the Year” during the Bush Administration for his “successful” ambulance companies, Muhammed Usman was sentenced to prison in 2012 for fraudulent billing practices at his two companies.

His son Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman faces the UFC’s “Ultimate Villain” Colby Covington “a relentlessly vocal champion of President Donald Trump” in a December Ultimate Fighting Championship match up.

Here is some of the story  where the reporter gives details about Muhammed’s scam and questions (or asks the reader to question) whether he deserves such a lengthy sentence when his partners in crime are Americans who got lesser sentences, and heck, after all they only fraudulently billed taxpayers for $3.6 million.

Regular readers will notice that again we are talking about Nigerian fraudsters who got into the US and we are never told how, through which legal program they gained access to the “American dream?”  Or was their entrance to the US illegal in the first place?

From The Body Lock:

(emphasis is mine)

The Nigerian-American Nightmare: The remarkable story of Kamaru Usman’s father

No stranger to variety, the podcast of UFC commentator Joe Rogan, The Joe Rogan Experience, has been the launchpad for countless remarkable stories that span a gamut of topics from bowhunting, to artificial intelligence, to zany conspiracy theories, and everything in between.

One of the podcast’s more fascinating discussions was provided by UFC welterweight champion Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman: during his appearance on the show, Usman made it known that his father, Muhammed Usman, was serving a 15-year sentence in a federal penitentiary for crimes Kamaru believes his father didn’t commit.

Kamaru Usman’s anecdote left the MMA [Mixed Martial Arts—ed]  fan base intrigued and perplexed; how was the fact that the father of the UFC welterweight champion was serving such a lengthy sentence just coming to light? What was the chain of events that led to Mr. Usman’s incarceration? What did he do that got him a 15-year sentence? And, perhaps the most contentious question of all, does Muhammed Usman deserve to be in prison?

Some of these questions can be objectively answered; the last cannot. With an understanding of the chain of events that led to the incarceration, an explanation of the particularly nuanced legal statutes that affected the sentencing, and a consideration of the larger societal questions at play, we leave you to make your own judgment about the ethicality of Muhammed Usman’s imprisonment.

Muhammed Usman immigrated to the United States from his home country of Nigeria in 1989. After gaining citizenship in 1996, Usman followed in the footsteps of the entrepreneurial immigrants that came before him, embarking down the well-walked path towards The American Dream. Usman founded a pair of ambulance companies — Royal Ambulance (established in 2003) and First Choice EMS (established in 2005) — that were so successful he was awarded the Republican National Committee’s “Who’s Who Businessman of the Year.”

You can read the lengthy discussion of Usman’s illegal activity that ended in his being sentenced to 15 years in the slammer (of course at great expense to taxpayers), here.  (As told by his son!).

The Body Lock story then continues…..

Sports and politics are notoriously contentious, so a story such as Muhammed Usman’s where the two collide has generated bellicose debate: some see Muhammed Usman as a criminal conspirator, rightfully punished with an appropriate implementation of justice; others see a victim of a dysfunctional justice system that wrongfully imprisoned the American Dream incarnate after he was scapegoated by his native-born partners for a crime he had no hand in committing.

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Regardless of which perspective one takes, Mr. Usman’s saga is undeniably being contemplated through the cultural lens of the time in which his son exposed it: while sentenced back in 2012, Mr. Usman’s story encapsulates a spectrum of societal quandaries that America struggles to answer today: encompassed by the issues of race, immigration, questions of over-prosecution in the justice system, government-funded health insurance (and therefore its potential for abuse), the case of Muhammed Usman serves as a Rorschach Test for one’s political beliefs; a fitting test given who Muhammed Usman’s son will be fighting next.

In a development fit for the final act of a Hollywood blockbuster, it was recently announced Kamaru Usman will be defending his welterweight UFC belt against Colby Covington at UFC 245. Covington — a relentlessly vocal champion of President Donald Trump — has modified the President’s strategy of using bigotted rhetoric to galvanize his political supporters fit his own objective: by infusing the “heel” persona of a 1980’s professional wrestler with the modern political rhetoric detested by many, Covington has positioned himself as the “UFC’s ultimate villain,” energizing supporters and detractors alike and drawing attention to his bouts.

Regardless of Covington’s motives for his antics, his behavior is indisputably atrocious: racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and misogynism aren’t bugs for Covington, they’re features. Most notoriously, after telling a Brazilian crowd: “Brazil you’re a dump. All you filthy animals suck,” Covington took to Instagram to explain he’s not a racist, but a “realist:” a common trope racists use to justify racism.

While Colby Covington has successfully increased his relevancy by manifesting the MAGA-movement into a cage fighter, Kamaru Usman seeks to be its, and Covington’s, antithesis. Vowing to “put the wrath of every immigrant” (including his father),on Colby Covington, UFC 245 will be an appropriate culmination to the story of Muhammed Usman and his family; the “final-battle” of a narrative almost too perfect for the silver screen.

Read it all here.

Of course it’s all hype so more people will watch the December match.

I’m not interested enough to watch, but I’ll be looking to see how the media plays it and who ultimately wins this fight.

New American entrepreneurs?

Have a look at all the posts I’ve written just since January about Nigerian scammers ripping off America and Americans, click here.  I bet no other ethnic group of ‘new Americans’ has been featured here as much as the Nigerians!

FBI in Nigeria: Another Arrest Made in Major Fraud Scheme

Remember the story a few weeks ago about the FBI arresting over a dozen Nigerians (aka ‘new Americans’) operating out of the US to steal from unsuspecting Americans and others.

Here is a brief story from Nigerian media about a new bust in the case.  It interested me to see that our FBI is working in Africa to find the frauds and crooks who rip-off mostly vulnerable American women.

FBI List: We’ve Arrested Emmanuel Adedeji Oluwatosin, Uncovered N1 Billion In His Account – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation has Emmanuel Adedeji Oluwatosin, one of the 77 Nigerians indicted by the US government over a large-scale scam.

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Two cars – Mercedes Benz E550 and Mercedes Benz C450 -, an iPhone, laptops, a modem and SIM cards were seized from his residence.

He was paraded in Sokoto State on Thursday, following his arrest in Kaduna State.

According to the Zonal Head, Abdullahi Lawal, Oluwatosin and his accomplices acquired retirement account information (RAI) and personally identifiable information (PII) of multiple persons which they used to wire funds into newly-created business bank accounts.

The proceeds were then converted to cryptocurrency.

Preliminary investigations, EFCC noted, showed that about N1,437,889,157.15 passed through the suspect’s accounts. [If I did the conversion correctly that should be about $4 million in USD.—ed]

Seventy million naira from that money had been traced, said Lawal as he said efforts were on to recover the money.

Do the math, I think you will see the vast majority of the money will never be recovered.

Utah: Nigerian Arrested for Murder Faces Additional Charges

This is an update on the dreadful case in Utah where a Nigerian, who should not have been in the country, allegedly kidnapped, killed and then attempted to burn the body of a college coed, faces new charges.

From the Salt Lake Tribune,

Suspect in slaying of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck charged with kidnapping, sexually abusing another woman

 

The man accused of killing MacKenzie Lueck, a 23-year-old University of Utah student, has been charged with four new felony counts of kidnapping and sexually abusing another woman in March 2018.

Ayoola-Ajayi-composite with house
Ayoola Ajayi’s little house of horrors….

This is the second set of new charges filed against 31-year-old Ayoola Ajayi since he was booked into jail in connection with Lueck’s alleged murder. Last week, prosecutors charged Ajayi with 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after they found numerous pornographic photos of children on his computer.

The charges filed Tuesday in Utah’s 3rd District Court allege he abused a woman he met on an unspecified dating app. Ajayi invited the woman to his home to cook her dinner on March 10, 2018, and the charges allege that while they watched TV on his couch, he started “intensely” kissing her and trying to touch her inappropriately and forcefully.

When the woman tried to get away, Ajayi allegedly pinned her down and bit her at least three times, “causing her significant pain, and left bruising and bite marks,” the charges said. He is now facing a first-degree felony charge of aggravated kidnapping and three counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said the woman came to law enforcement with these allegations after Lueck’s death. The delayed report “is understandable because many victims of sexual trauma don’t always disclose,” Gill said.

Presumably this woman is on her knees every day thanking God she didn’t suffer the same fate as poor Mackenzie.

Too bad she didn’t come forward immediately after the incident and maybe the creep would have been removed from the country (wishful thinking on my part because the authorities wouldn’t have booted him for a little sexual abuse!).

But, heck, maybe they would have found the child porn in his home, if the woman had come forward earlier.

Gill also declined to say whether anyone else has come forward with new allegations against Ajayi.

More here.

I wonder how many more women abused by the Nigerian (who should have been deported long ago) are out there?

Although my reach is limited, I’m trying to keep some of the most dreadful murder cases involving immigrants in the national spotlight.

Because they don’t fit the politically correct narrative the national media spews out every day, it is important for us to keep instructive cases like this one in front of as many Americans as possible.

See all of my previous posts on Ayoola Ajayi by clicking here.