Nigerian Cyber-Criminals Extradited From South Africa, One Sentenced to 115 Years In U.S. Prison

Three Nigerians Sentenced in International Cyber Financial Fraud Scheme

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Three Nigerian nationals, who were extradited from South Africa to the Southern District of Mississippi in July 2015, were sentenced to prison this week for their roles in a large-scale international fraud network.

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco, Acting U.S. Attorney Harold Brittain of the Southern District of Mississippi and Special Agent in Charge Raymond R. Parmer Jr. of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New Orleans made the announcement.

Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan, 30, was sentenced to 95 years in prison. Rasaq Aderoju Raheem, 31, was sentenced to 115 years in prison. Femi Alexander Mewase, 45, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. After a three-week trial in early 2017, a federal jury found each defendant guilty of offenses involving mail fraud, wire fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud and theft of government property. Ayelotan and Raheem were also found guilty of conspiracies to commit bank fraud and money laundering.

A total of 21 defendants were charged in this case, 12 of whom have pleaded guilty to charges related to the conspiracy, and 11 of whom have been sentenced to date. One of the leaders of the conspiracy, Teslim Olarewaju Kiriji, 30, of Nigeria was previously sentenced to 20 years in prison. Six other defendants were previously sentenced to 10 years in prison each for their roles in this conspiracy: Adekunle Adefila, 41, of Nigeria; Anuoluwapo Segun Adegbemigun, 40, of Nigeria; Gabriel Oludare Adeniran, 30, of Nigeria; Olufemi Obaro Omoraka, 27, of Nigeria; Taofeeq Olamilekan Oyelade, 32, of Nigeria; and Olusegun Seyi Shonekan, 34, of Nigeria. Genoveva Farfan, 45, of California, was sentenced to 9 years in prison, and Rhulane Fionah Hlungwane, 26, of South Africa, to five years in prison for their roles in the conspiracy. Olutoyin Ogunlade, 41, of New York, was sentenced to four years in prison. Dennis Brian Ladden, 75, of Wisconsin was sentenced to time served and six months’ home confinement. Susan Anne Villeneuve, 61, of California, pleaded guilty earlier this month and is awaiting sentencing.

According to the plea agreements and evidence at trial, the defendants and their co-conspirators carried out numerous internet-based fraud schemes dating back at least to 2001. These schemes involved using unsuspecting victims to cash counterfeit checks and money orders, using stolen credit card numbers to purchase electronics and other merchandise and using stolen personal identification information to take over victims’ bank accounts.

As a whole, the conspiracy involved tens of millions of dollars in intended losses.

To accomplish their fraud schemes, the conspirators recruited the assistance of U.S. citizens via “romance scams,” in which the perpetrator would typically use a false identity on a dating website to establish a romantic relationship with an unsuspecting victim. According to trial evidence and plea documents, once the perpetrator gained the victim’s trust and affection, the perpetrator would convince the victim to either send money or to help carry out fraud schemes. For example, the defendants admitted that they used romance victims to launder money via Western Union and MoneyGram, to re-package and re-ship fraudulently obtained merchandise and to cash counterfeit checks.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated the case. Significant assistance was also provided by the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs, the HSI Cyber Crimes Center, HSI Attachés in Pretoria, South Africa and Dakar, Senegal, the U.S. Marshals Service’s International Investigations Branch and the Southern District of Mississippi District Office, the South African Police Service (SAPS) Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (DPCI) Electronic Crimes Unit, the SAPS Interpol Extradition Unit, the South African National Prosecution Authority and the South African Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. Trial Attorney Conor Mulroe of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section, Senior Counsel Peter Roman of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Annette Williams of the Southern District of Mississippi tried the case.

If you believe that you may have been a victim of criminal fraud committed by any of the defendants, please go to http://www.justice.gov/usao-sdms/scams and complete the questionnaire. Defendants allegedly used the following email addresses and names to perpetuate the scheme:

ADDIEP01@YAHOO.COM

ANITA.LAUREN01@GMAIL.COM

ANITA.LAUREN1@GMAIL.COM

EMPLOYMENTOFFERS007@YAHOO.COM

FAYEKIMBERLY@YMAIL.COM

FAYEKIMBERLY19@YAHOO.COM

FEMI_OMORAKA@YAHOO.COM

FMPLUST12@GMAIL.COM

FNCYJEN@YAHOO.COM

FOLLYEDWARDS@YAHOO.COM

GENTILEMARK186@GMAIL.COM

GERVINOJ@YAHOO.COM

GERVINOJ11@GMAIL.COM

GLENNSATTELBERG1961@GMAIL.COM

HORLAMI84@YAHOO.COM

JOHNVINO56@GMAIL.COM

JONES_DICKSON@YAHOO.COM

JUSTIN.WORSHAM@YAHOO.COM

KAREN_ROB01@YAHOO.COM

KEVINSMITH3949@YAHOO.COM

LMG.ORCHID1827@GMAIL.COM

LLOYDFARELL0012008@YAHOO.COM

MARCHAS1963@GMAIL.COM

MARK2GENTLE@YAHOO.COM

MATT.MILLER4070@GMAIL.COM

MAXWELLSAMUEL59@YAHOO.COM

MIMICOLE001@YAHOO.COM

MOBICOALZ@GMAIL.COM

OLADIMEJISEUN2008@YAHOO.COM

OLUWA_NISHOLA@YAHOO.COM

PETERLAWSON5050@YAHOO.COM

RASAQ_ADEROJU@YAHOO.COM

RDARWIN322@GMAIL.COM

RDARWIN324@GMAIL.COM

REDARMY_TX_HOST@YAHOO.COM

RHULANEF@YAHOO.COM

RWASSER@ROCKETMAIL.COM

SEGSEA121@YAHOO.COM

SMITHKEVIN902@GMAIL.COM

SPOWELL26AL@GMAIL.COM

SPOWELL26AL3@YAHOO.COM

STACYADAMS20009@YAHOO.COM

STARENTERPRISE74@YAHOO.COM

SUSANV1418@YAHOO.COM

TESCOSG@YAHOO.COM

Stacy Adams

Marlon Chase

Regina Darwin

Folly Edwards

Kimberly Faye

Lorene M. Garrett

Mark Gentile

John Gervino

Dickson Jones

Anita Lauren

Samuel Maxwell

Mark Miller

Adeline Piper

Sarah Powell

Karen Robinson

Glenn Sattelberg

Kevin Smith

Mark Smith

Richard Wasser

Justin Worsham

Any information that you provide through the questionnaire may be helpful in the criminal investigation and prosecution of this case. A federal investigator may contact you with additional questions or to request documents you may have. Please note that submitting the questionnaire is not a substitute for consulting with your own attorney to determine what actions and remedies may be available to you through civil litigation. If you have any questions related to this matter that are not addressed at the above websites, you may contact federal law enforcement authorities at USAMSS.Scams@usdoj.gov.

[Source: US Department of Justice -/- Media Relations]
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