- Two Nigerians and other suspected internet fraudsters have been arrested in and outside the United States
- They were said to have defrauded United States companies and citizens of $15 million
- Others that were arrested include a Mexican, two Americans and three Ghanaians
Eight suspected internet fraudsters have been arrested for their roles in a widespread Africa-based cyber conspiracy that allegedly defrauded United States companies and citizens of approximately $15 million since at least 2012.
The United States Department of Justice reports that five of the defendants - a Mexican, two Americans, a Ghanaian and a Nigerian, were arrested in the US.
NAIJ.com gathers that the other three suspects - two Ghanaians and a Nigerian, were arrested overseas and were being held pending extradition.
Acting assistant attorney general of the justice department's criminal division, John P. Cronan, said: “The defendants allegedly unleashed a barrage of international fraud schemes that targeted US businesses and individuals, robbing them to the tune of approximately $15 million.
“The department of justice will continue to work with our international partners to aggressively disrupt and dismantle criminal enterprises that victimize our citizens and businesses.”
According to report, some of the Africa-based defendants were also said to be perpetrating various romance scams, fraudulent cheque scams, gold-buying scams, advance-fee scams, and credit card scams.
They allegedly sent proceeds of their activities from the United States to locations in Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa through a complex network of both complicit and unwitting individuals that had been recruited through the various internet scams.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a Nigerian man, Emmanuel Oluwatosin Kazeem, and his younger brother, Michael Oluwasegun Kazeem were convicted in a massive fraud scheme in the United States.
Emmanuel Kazeem was accused of obtaining more than 125,000 stolen taxpayer identities from across the Unites States.
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