Nigerian fraudster in US judicial prisons for victims of over $ 1,869,419 fraud (photo)
The US Department of Justice issued a statement after it sentenced the Nigerian fraudster Nose Onagise.
The 33-year-old Nigerian was found guilty and ordered to return $ 1,869,419. Onagise, who lives in Austin, Texas, was sentenced to 51 months in a US federal prison for conspiracy that resulted in more than $ 1.7 million laundered.
Onagise was convicted of his involvement in a conspiracy that laundered more than $ 1.7 million in commercial email fraud (BEC) proceeds stolen from several companies.
He must also pay $ 1,639,419.57 in damages, pay $ 230,000 in cash, confiscate $ 14,282.50 withdrawn from his bank account, and receive a three-year probationary period after serving his prison sentence.
Onagise’s decision was announced by US Attorney Gregg N. Sofer; Responsible Special Agent Shane Folden, National Security Investigation Division (HSI), San Antonio; and Acting Inspector Adrian Gonzalez, United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Houston Division. Under the BEC scheme, scammers target businesses and individuals making bank transfers, often targeting corporate finance.
Fraudsters trick employees into making wire transfers to bank accounts believed to be owned by trusted partners, except that the money ends up in accounts controlled by the fraudsters. Sometimes scammers use cyber intrusion techniques to alter legitimate payment request emails, altering the recipient’s bank accounts.
Sometimes they send spoofed emails from email addresses that look like real email accounts used by trusted partners. On December 12, 2018, Onagize pleaded guilty to passport fraud, admitting that she tried to use a fake, fake, or fake passport to open multiple U.S. bank accounts in 2018 in support of the fraud scheme. On December 20, 2019, Joseph Odibobhahemen, a 28-year-old Nigerian citizen who previously lived in Austin and was accused with Onagis, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison for participating in a fraud scheme.
The court documents in this indictment (A18CR358) and Austin’s returned indictment against four other conspirators (A19CR78) show that between November 2016 and April 2019, victims will channel more than $ 10 million into accounts controlled by the conspirators. who were able to cash out over $ 6 million before law enforcement or financial institutions stopped fraudulent transfers. Onagise, Odibobhahemen, and others acquired or controlled dozens of bank accounts opened in the United States, including Austin, using forged identity documents, including fake foreign passports with fictitious names. After funds were fraudulently obtained and deposited into these fictitious accounts, the defendants quickly withdrew or transferred funds.
Four additional accomplices – Bameyi Omale, Chinonso Agbaji, Igho Kalaba and Chibuzor Uba – have pleaded guilty and are currently serving lengthy federal prison sentences: Omale, 135 months; Agbaji, 78 months; Kalaba, 30 months; and Uba, 36 months old.
“Beware, scammers and scammers! “We will shoulder the full burden of enforcing federal laws on those who prey on the legitimate business community here in Austin and elsewhere in the area,” said US Attorney Sofer. Today’s verdict and restitution order demonstrate the seriousness of these crimes – crimes that damage our economy and harm innocent victims.
If you are involved in this shameful and illegal activity, federal prisons await you. “This federal investigation uncovered a sophisticated scheme to steal from US companies,” said HSI special agent San Antonio Folden. These types of crimes cost US citizens hundreds of millions of dollars annually to fund criminal organizations around the world.
HSI and its law enforcement partners will continue to do whatever it takes to stop this type of fraud and protect US citizens. ”
“Technological advances have led to the sophistication of fraudulent schemes,” said USPIS inspector Gonzalez. “However, whatever their scheme, if criminals use US mail to move it, they will face all the investigative forces of the Postal Inspection Service. Postal inspectors will work tirelessly with our law enforcement partners like HSI to ensure that these scammers are held accountable. ”