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.

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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.

FBI Take Down! Nigerians Arrested for Scamming Millions from Elderly and Vulnerable Women

“We believe this is one of the largest cases of its kind in U.S. history.”

(US Attorney Nick Hanna)

The FBI announced this week that over a dozen were under arrest in the US and efforts were being made to find additional co-conspirators around the world in fraud schemes  involving at least 32 victims.

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Nigerians (new American entrepreneurs!) arrested in Los Angeles on Thursday. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/fbi-takes-down-nigerians-pretending-to-be-u-s-troops-in-46m-romance-scam-1.595476

 

Here is The Hill on this good news,

Justice charges 80 in massive online fraud case linked to Nigerian defendants

 

The Department of Justice on Thursday unsealed a 252-count federal indictment charging 80 defendants, many of whom are Nigerian nationals, with conspiring to steal millions of dollars through online scams.

The indictment was unsealed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California and was made public shortly after authorities arrested 14 of the defendants across the United States, with 11 of these defendants apprehended in the Los Angeles region. The majority of the defendants are outside the country, with many likely in Nigeria.

The defendants involved in the case were charged with attempting to defraud individuals of millions of dollars through the use of business email compromise (BEC) and online romance scams, in addition to other schemes meant to target the elderly.

The investigation is being led by the FBI, with each of the defendants charged with “conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to launder money, and aggravated identity theft,” according to Justice Department. Some defendants also face fraud and money laundering charges.

U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna described the scams used by the defendants during a press conference on Thursday, saying that “fraud networks now target individuals and businesses alike.”

“In the BEC scams, the fraudsters will often hack a company’s email system, impersonate company personnel, and direct payments to bank accounts that funnel money back to the fraudsters in Nigeria,” Hanna said. “In the romance scams, victims think they are developing a dating relationship, when in fact they are just being tricked into sending money to the fraudsters.”

Hanna added that “we believe this is one of the largest cases of its kind in U.S. history.”

Paul Delacourt, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, said during the same press conference that losses involved in this case for victims total around $10 million. He said defendants attempted to obtain $40 million from victims.

There were at least 32 victims in the case, from the United States and other countries including Japan, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Ukraine, China, Mexico, Germany, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Delacourt said the case began in 2016 after one individual was victimized by the defendants. The two main defendants in the case are Nigerian citizens Valentine Iro and Chukwudi Christogunus Igbokwe.

More here.

And, don’t miss the  Stars and Stripes story about how some of the crooks pretended to be US military personnel when they scammed hundreds of thousands from lonely women.

I know you are shaking your head and wondering who in their right mind would be so foolish to send money to a stranger they met on the internet.  Well, as we have heard in previous posts on Nigerian romance scammers, these Nigerian creeps are skilled actors and preying on vulnerable and lonely people seems to come naturally to them.

Keep an eye on your elderly friends and family members and don’t let them fall for these despicable scams.

Utah: Nigerian Man Charged in Killing of College Coed had Child Pornography in his Home

This is an update in the ongoing investigation into the brutal murder of Mackenzie Lueck.

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(See all of my previous posts here, and my prediction that this story will go away, except for media in Utah, because the alleged killer should not have been in the US in the first place and he is African.)

From the New York Daily News (the only national news outlet I see that is still following the story),

Suspect charged in murder of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck also facing 19 counts for child porn

 

An investigation into the killing of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck turned up a collection of child pornography on a computer allegedly belonging to the murder suspect.

The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday announced that 31-year-old Ayoola Ajayi was charged with 19 counts of sexually exploiting a minor after authorities discovered “numerous images of children engaged in sex acts” during a search of the suspect’s home on June 26.

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The 19 images, described in the probable cause document in graphic detail, show girls believed to be between the ages of 4 and 8 years old performing sex acts or posing suggestively in various stages of undress.

Authorities did not indicate any link between Lueck’s death and the pornographic images.

Ajayi was previously charged in July with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice and abuse or desecration of a human body in connection with Lueck’s slaying.

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When authorities discovered her body, Lueck’s arms had been bound behind her back and the medical examiner said she died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Amid the investigation into her slaying, authorities combed through both Lueck and Ajayi’s social media and dating profiles in a bid to find a connection between the two. According to court documents, they both had accounts on a site called “Seeking Arrangements” — which bills itself as a way for wealthy “sugar daddies” to connect with “sugar babies.”  

The story should be spread widely to warn other young women living in la-la land that there are a lot of predatory monsters out there just waiting to prey on them!

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sam Gill said his office is now working to determine where the pornographic images on Ajyai’s computer were made and who made them. He told The Salt Lake Tribune they will use federal resources in their probe, which is also aimed at identifying the victims.

“Maryland Men” Indicted for Stealing $8 Millon from FEMA, Money Meant for Disaster Victims

They really aren’t Maryland men, but likely Nigerians based on their names and the fact that one of the men involved in the scheme purchased cars and shipped them to Nigeria (on your dime)!  (Secret decoder ring at work!)

I searched for photos of the accused, but as usual their pictures are no where to be found. (If you find the alleged scammers’ mugshots, please send my way!).

Here is the story that appeared in the Washington Post, but was picked up all over the country.  The Nigerian tip-off comes near the end.  (Hat tip: TwoLaine)

Prosecutors: Group swindled $8M designated for hurricane and wildfire victims

 

In Maryland – far from where the California wildfires and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria struck – a group of residents managed to scam the federal government out of $8 million in relief funds designated for those who needed it most, according to prosecutors.

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Money meant for California wildfire victims ended up in the hands of African scammers!

The money was supposed to be for those who needed to rebuild their lives.

In the wake of massive hurricanes and wildfires that pummeled the United States in recent years, the federal government made relief funds available for those who found themselves uprooted amid the rubble of charred or washed-out homes.

But in Maryland – far from where the California wildfires and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria struck – a group of residents managed to scam the federal government out of $8 million in relief funds designated for those who needed it most, according to prosecutors. Members of the group, prosecutors allege, were part of a scheme that stole the identity of disaster victims and applied for victim benefits – to pay their own rents, buy cars or make personal purchases.

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John Irogho, 38, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to federal prosecutors. Odinaka Ekeocha, 33, of Laurel, Maryland, has been charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering. Their arrests come a few weeks after another Maryland man, Tare Stanley Okirika, 30, of Laurel, pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy, admitting that he fraudulently obtained government benefits to pay his rent and for other expenses, according to court documents.

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To better understand how the scam worked.  See the Justice Department Press Release here:  https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/two-maryland-men-facing-federal-indictment-their-roles-scheme-allegedly-stole-government

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The scheme relied heavily on “Green Dot” prepaid cards, according to prosecutors and court records. Those eligible for emergency benefits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could opt to claim the funding through the cards that can be purchased at local grocery or convenience stores and registered to receive cash, court documents state.

Between 2016 and 2018, the group filed false claims for disaster relief and purchased hundreds of Green Dot cards to claim the money using the stolen identities of victims impacted by various disasters around the country, the government said. The documents do not detail how the stolen identities were obtained.

At least 16 victims from California, Georgia, Florida and Texas were listed in Okirika’s case, according to his indictment. Investigators with the U.S. Secret Service said he used some of the fraudulently obtained money to buy cars and ship them to Nigeria.

More here.

Of course none of these media accounts (or the Justice Department press release!) identify the alleged fraudsters as Nigerians or mention their immigration status.

How did these creeps get in here in the first place?

And, is this what the New American Economy claims is the entrepreneurial spirit migrants bring to America?

Evidence Piling Up Against Nigerian in Brutal Murder of Utah Coed

Of course you would only know that if you were following Utah media reports on the case.  The national media has long since moved on after an initial little flurry of coverage back in June and early July.

Once the mainstream media figured out that this was not a story they wanted to help spread—African man, here illegally, slaughters beautiful white girl—because it doesn’t fit the narrative of immigrants as people just like us looking for a better life, the veil on the case has dropped.

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My previous posts on the horrible murder are here:  https://fraudscrookscriminals.com/?s=Ajayi

 

Except in Utah where bits of news come out every few days.  Stories like this one:

New witness: MacKenzie Lueck murder suspect wanted to carry out ‘disturbing’ project

 

Before I get to the story, let me say again that because of the Leftwing media mob’s on-going efforts to keep quiet about news that doesn’t fit their political agenda we have a whole generation of young people who are not sufficiently wary about monsters like Ayoola Ajayi.

Is no one warning their daughters and granddaughters to be more careful about who they meet up with through social media?  Are all the Progressive parents too fearful of looking like ‘racists’ to their own kids?

One of the things that struck me on reading this latest report from Utah is how dumb the alleged killer is.

We heard he was some savvy IT guy who was building an image of himself as a person of quality.

Sheesh, he was dumb.

Didn’t he know that his phone would ultimately be his undoing as the police used its location to move in quickly?

Of course not quickly enough to save Mackenzie who apparently foolishly never let anyone know where she was going at 3 a.m.

Anyway….

Here is the news from Fox13 in Salt Lake City:

SALT LAKE CITY — New details are unfolding in the investigation into the murder of University of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck, and a witness is now describing why he’s troubled by what he said suspect Ayoola Ajayi asked him to do in the days after Lueck disappeared.

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Ajayi allegedly tried to burn Lueck’s body in the backyard of this house.  Don’t miss what a housekeeper told the media.  https://www.insideedition.com/alleged-mackenzie-lueck-killer-was-ted-bundy-says-former-house-cleaner-54104

That man said Ajayi reached out to him for a backyard landscaping project. That proposed project has now turned into evidence for detectives.

Landon Fullmer owns 360 Landscapes. He’s taken on quite a few projects for the busy summer season.

Though, when he thinks about this summer, there’s one project, in particular, he’ll always remember — even though he never actually took it on.

He said a man named Ayoola Ajayi contacted Fullmer through Angie’s List on Monday, June 24. That was one week after Lueck disappeared, and days after her family reported her missing.

Apparently, Ajayi wanted the land in his backyard leveled. That’s all he indicated on his request, Fullmer said.

“We had a phone conversation,” Fullmer explained. “I asked him to be a little bit more specific in what he was looking for. He said his backyard needed to be leveled or graded, maybe some soil and some sod brought in.”

Continue reading here.

Fullmer never did meet up with Ajayi to discuss the project because on the day they were scheduled to talk, the police had swooped in on Ajayi and were focusing on the back yard.

Just like the case of alleged serial killer Billy Chemirmir in Texas, I’m staying on it because it does have lessons to teach. Of course, lessons the PC media doesn’t want to give you!

So what do you do? 

Make sure this story doesn’t die!  Send it around through social media and consider that by doing so you might actually save the life of some naive young woman (or man) who is living in diversity-is-beautiful la-la land!

Utah Update: Immigration Status Unclear for Nigerian Charged in Coed Murder

Well, check this out!

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Authorities maintained from day one (if they mentioned it at all) that Ayoola Ajayi was a US citizen. (See my previous posts here.)

Now, we are told many paragraphs into a story with this headline that his immigration status is unclear!

 

Ayoola Ajayi, suspect in MacKenzie Lueck’s murder, expunged his Utah theft case, clearing his record

Of course it is too late for poor Mackenzie, but is this one more dreadful crime that could have been prevented had he been thrown out of the country years ago?

From The Salt Lake Tribune,

The 2012 report from Utah State University says police there wanted Ayoola Ajayi charged with a class B misdemeanor for stealing an iPad.

What happened after that has been a mystery in the three weeks since he was accused of kidnapping and killing MacKenzie Lueck in Salt Lake City, when reporters and investigators tried to reconstruct his background. Utah’s court database has no listing of charges being filed.

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A piece of the puzzle was solved Wednesday. An employee who answered the phone at the Cache County jail confirmed its records on Ajayi had been expunged.

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….people convicted of crimes have more incentive to seek an expungement. Convictions, even for a misdemeanor offense like Ajayi was suspected of, can prevent people from gaining jobs, loans, serving in the military and obtaining concealed firearm permits.

People who knew Ajayi have said he carefully built an image of an educated professional. An expunged conviction would allowed Ajayi to say “the arrest or conviction did not happen,” according to the Utah State Courts. It also would have prevented the public, including Lueck, from finding any conviction in a public records search.

Many paragraphs in….

Ajayi is from Nigeria. The Salt Lake County Attorney’s Office has said he is a legal resident of the United States, though no one has specified his exact immigration status.

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There are mixed opinion on whether expunging a conviction would have helped Ajayi in any immigration or naturalization proceeding. Some legal guides say theft can be considered a crime of moral turpitude for which someone can be denied permanent residency.

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July 22, 2012, campus police investigated the theft of an iPad, according to reports provided by the campus. The next day, USU technology staff found that someone was using the tablet to access the internet. Police found Ajayi using the iPad in the iconic academic building known as Old Main, a report says.

An officer searched the iPad’s web history and found that, though Ajayi was married, he accessed dating sites, listed himself as single and was pursuing “a female as a prospect to marry to keep from being deported.”

Much more here.