73 Igbos Out Of 77 Nigerians Indicted By FBI In Largest Fraud,...

73 Igbos Out Of 77 Nigerians Indicted By FBI In Largest Fraud, Money Laundering Cases In US History

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FBI has indicted seventy-seven (77) Nigerians over a range of fraud and money laundering cases that defrauded hundreds of US citizens out of millions of dollars and 73 people of Igbo origin made the list.

The development was announced Thursday when enforcement authorities headed by the FBI unsealed a 252-count federal grand jury indictment which alleges the suspects used various online fraud schemes – including business email compromise (BEC) frauds, romance scams, and schemes targeting the elderly- to perpetrate the crimes.

 

At a press conference, Nick Hanna, US attorney, revealed that the Nigerians colluded with federal and state agents to dupe unsuspecting victims of their money and also laundered millions of dollars through a Los Angeles-based money laundering network.

Hanna said a total of 80 suspects, many of whom are from Nigeria” would be charged to court with 57 more being hunted globally.

Already, FBI operatives and other law enforcement authorities have apprehended 14 in the US in connection to the crimes.

According to him, “Those arrested today are among 80 defendants charged in a federal grand jury indictment that alleges that millions of dollars were taken from victims through a variety of scams and online frauds.

“We believe this is one of the largest cases of its kind in US history. BEC scam is used to hack email accounts to convince businesses or individuals to make payments that are either completely bogus or that should have been otherwise paid to legitimate companies.

“Indictments showed very specific allegations against this suspects many of whom are based in Nigeria in terms of stealing money from victims. The indictment also focuses on those responsible for enabling these fraud schemes including operatives in Los Angeles.”

He added that a total of 252 count charges ranging from “conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, aggravated identity theft” had been filed against the suspects.

The full-blown crackdown on fraudsters and online scammers in the world’s most powerful country is a spinoff from the last week’s arrest of Nigeria’s celebrated billionaire, Obinwanne Okeke by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

 

The Chief Executive Officer of Invictus Group is accused of carrying out $11 million wire fraud perpetrated after he allegedly hacked the account belonging to a steel company’s CEO.

Okeke is believed to be the source of information about the 80 fraud suspects.

Below are the Nigerians on the list:

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SUSPECTS

1    Valentine Iro

2    Chukwudi Christogunus Igbokwe

3    Jerry Elo Ikogho

4    Izuchukwu Kingsley Umejesi

5    Adegoke Moses Ogungbe

6    Chukwudi Collins Ajaeze (better known as Thank You Jesus)

7    Ekene Augustine Ekechukwu

8    Chuks Eroha

9    Collins Nnaemeka Ojima

10     Uchenna Ochiagha

11    Nnamdi Theojoseph Duru

12     Ericson Uche Oforka

13    Mark Ifeanyi Chukwuocha

14    Augustine Nnamdi

15    Chiemezie Christopher Chilaka

16    Charles Ohajimkpo

17    Stanley Ugochukwu Uche

18    Chika Augustine Odionyenma

19    Paschal Chima Ogbonna

20    Samuel Nnamdi Onwuasoanya

21    Macwilliam Chinonso Chukwuocha

22    Emmanuel Onyeka Uzoka

23    Joshua Aniefiok Awak

24    George Ugochukwu Egwumba

25    Uchechukwu Solomon Ezirim

26    Augustine Ifeanyi Okafor

27    Okay Sam Mal

28    Leslie N. Mba

29    Ogohukwu Innocent Ikewesi

30    Emmanuel Uzoma Ogandu (better known as Son of God’

31    Amarachukwu Harley Anywanu

32    Bright Ifeanyi Azubuike

33    Emeka Moses Nwachukwu

34    Donatus Izunwanne

35    Chinwendu Kenneth Osuji

36    Eusebius Ugochukwu Onyeka

37    Chidi Anunobi

38    Anthony Nwabunwanne Okolo

39    Obinna Christian Onuwa

40    Chijioke Chukwuma Isamade

41    Linus Nnamdi Madufor

42    Chrysaugonus Nnebedum

43    Ugochukwu Okereke

44    Fidel Leon Odimara

45    Kingsley Chinedu Onudorogu

46    Dessi Nzenwah

47    Chimaroke Obasi

48    James Chigozie Agube

49    Chimaobi Uzozie Okorie

50    Ogochukwu Ohiri

51    Kennedy Chibueze Ugwu

52    Ifeanyichukwu Oluwadamilare Agwuegbo

53    Victor Ifeanyi Chukwu

54    Chidi Emmanuel Megwa

55    Princewill Arinze Duru

56    Desmond Iwu

57    Onyeka Vincent Chika

58    Ifeanyi Kingsley Mezienwa

59    Victor Uchenna  Aguh

60    Kevin Amarachi Eshimnu

61    Vitalis Kelechi Anozie

62    Williams Obiora Agunwa

63    George Chimezie Dike

64    Munachiso Kyrian Ukachukwu

65    Nwannebuike Osmund

66    Chidiebere Franklin Nwangwu

67    Damian Uchechukwu Ajah

68    Emeka P. Ejiofor

69    Lawrence Chukwuma Ubasineke

70    Chinedu Bright Ibeto

71    Valentine Amarachi Nwanegwo

72    Emmanuel Chidiebere Dike

73    Jeremiah Utieyin Eki

74    Chinaka Davidson Iwuoha

75    Chima Darlington Duru

76    Ikenna Christian Ihejiureme

77    Obi Onyedika Madekwe

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