8 Nigerian Men Arrested For Defrauding Elderly Widows Of $6m
A federal grand jury returned a 10-count superseding indictment Wednesday afternoon charging eight individuals in connection with a fraud scheme primarily targeting widowed women over 65 years old.
The indictment alleges that over approximately two years, the defendants defrauded dozens of victims out of more than $6 million, which they laundered through accounts they controlled. According to the
The maximum potential penalty for each of the first four counts in the indictment is 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 (or double the stolen amount). The penalty for each money laundering and money laundering conspiracy count is 10 years in federal prison and $250,000 (or double the laundered amount). Anyanwu, Negedu, and Adigbolo were initially charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in late May. They were arraigned on the charges and entered pleas of not guilty. Ukorebi, Maduagu, and Sotelo were previously charged by criminal complaint and arrested. Ukorebi and Maduagu were ordered detained pending trial. Sotelo is released on supervision pending trial. Nwanganga is incarcerated on unrelated charges. Kalu remains at large. The united states have taken a more definite stand towards fighting cyber-fraud since the FBI released the names of certain individuals who were all accused of engaging in dating scams or businnes email scams. Since then, Both the American government through the FBI and the Nigerian government through the EFCC have started working together to achieve better results.