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FBI Declares Nigerian Man Wanted for Fraudulent E-Mail Scheme resulting in a total loss of $5million



A Nigerian man who goes  by the name of Kelechi Declan James has been declared wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in relation to a fraudulent e-mail scheme which cost the victims losses to the tune of 5 million USD. Releasing a press release calling for anyone with useful information to contact them, the FBI said:

FBI agents are looking for the public’s assistance in locating Kelechi Declan James. He has federal criminal charges against him from an investigation by FBI New York’s Cyber Crime Task Force. James is known to frequent the Brooklyn neighborhoods of East New York (Crescent Street and Loring Avenue; Vermont Street between Blake Avenue and Dumont Avenue), Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant (MacDougal and Hull Streets), Crown Heights (Park Place and Utica Avenue), Flatbush (E 29th and Avenue D), and East Flatbush (East 51st and Winthrop Street). The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest.

James is 32 years old, 6’0″ tall, and approximately 175 pounds. He is a Nigerian national, has brown eyes and black hair, and may have a beard. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of James is urged to contact law enforcement immediately. The FBI can be reached 24 hours a day at (212) 384-1000. He is not considered to be violent in nature.

As alleged in a complaint sworn out of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, James, along with four other co-conspirators, ran a business e-mail compromise scheme that resulted victim losses of more than $5 million for their victims.

As part of scheme, James and his co-conspirators defrauded victims across the U.S. by tricking them into wiring money to bank accounts the victims believed were owned by family members, friends, or business associates. They did this in two ways: by overtaking an e-mail account of an individual trusted by the victim and then requesting money be wired to a bank account; or by developing a relationship of trust with victim like an Internet romance and then asking the victim to wire money. As soon as the money was wired, it would be moved from one account to another, and the funds would be withdrawn. James’s role in this scheme was to withdraw the money from bank accounts.

See more photos of Kelechi below:


  1. A Real Nigerian

    April 16, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Yet another Igbo man engaging in fraud. Sad.

    • Tribalist

      April 16, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      You were nowhere to be found when Bellanaija posted an article about a Yoruba couple in the US indicted for fraud.

      And I know you will be the first to discount the Nigeriam heritage of the two Igbo teens in the US admitted to 7 ivy league universities….who made news in the past 2 weeks.

      I know your type very well. I only blame bellanaija moderators for letting shameless comments like these slip through the cracks.

    • Cocolette

      April 16, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      Don’t mind the fake Nigerian. Onye nzuzu efu!

    • A Real Nigerian

      April 16, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Too easy to trigger your insecure igbo bunch. REEEEEEEE! ?????

    • john

      April 16, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      so a Real Nigeria is not a radical femtard who hates men but a yoruba tribalist as well

    • Passerby

      April 17, 2017 at 12:39 am

      Don’t mind real nigerian. In the foreign community we are all the same. Do they care who is from where? It’s shameful and backward to be so tribalistic. I’m Yoruba but I love my Igbo brethren. When Phyno starts playing his music I’m sure these tribalistic people will forget he is Igbo and dance to his sweet music.
      Shame on you true Nigerian, you’re part of the problem. What do you gain from being so mean and disrespectful other than showing how poor your manners are?

    • Chioma

      April 17, 2017 at 2:40 am

      Why do people still get worked up over silly things. Obviously, all tribes do 419 scams. My problem is why must it always be a nigerian, are you the only group in the continent. I don’t remember the last time there was news about a Cameroonian doing scam back to back. Naijas please stop this. It’s not a good look and it’s affecting others who are genuine

    • Grace

      April 17, 2017 at 6:44 am

      We don’t do things in halves. When we want to engage in fraud, it’s millions of dollars. If we want to go to school, we get admitted into 7 Ivy League schools. A great man’s house has many vessels, some unto honor and some unto dishonor, Igboland is a great man’s house.

      At least this one collected millions of dollars, some tribes are renowned for stealing phones in traffic cos even in crime, they have to be cowards.

    • ec

      April 17, 2017 at 8:29 am

      touchy touchy lol

    • Jade Edo babe

      April 17, 2017 at 11:49 am

      @real nigerian
      Change your name to real troublemaker.
      Igbos, abeg you guys know how to dish it but not take it. Anyway, it’s not only Igbos that do scams. This internet scam is even more of a Yoruba thing. Selling drugs, it’s more popular among Igbos.
      But I will tell you this young naija boys are involve in scams in NY area. There’s this naija guy always traveling all over the world with his wife and new daughter. If you get real job no way, you will be on more vacations than working. He’s known in the NY and LA scene. I pity his wife, daughter when police arrest him one day.

    • Lee

      April 16, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      ..says a HYPOCRITE!
      shame on you!

    • Cocolette

      April 17, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Fake Nigerian… but all your comments show how insecure you are, you even stated some days ago how your ‘chi’ has made you miserable. We know you are looking for partners in misery but Chukwu a ju!

  2. mr.A

    April 16, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    2nd picture. Asoebi bella.

  3. o

    April 16, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    This na real faworaja. Fine guy wey no get work but to dey defraud people

  4. blackbeatle

    April 16, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    babes here will be tripping for this guy o…na wa..he is probably in his village in or low key in one state

    • osa

      April 16, 2017 at 10:44 pm

      Which kind tripping . Not fine at all!. Just thick! Maybr the momey sha. 5million dollars aint beans!
      You igbos should calm down pls and dont get worked up becos of a trivial comment??

  5. Fear God

    April 16, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    @ARN what does it tell of what sort of human being you are if you sit down and deliberately pen a response to rile and upset people? You shut down anyone who doesn’t support your LGBTQ/feminist/Toke agenda but don’t see anything wrong in putting down an entire tribe of people. Double standards?

    • Lee

      April 16, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Dont mind the hypocritic F00L!..
      Seeking attention; biko next pls.

  6. RE

    April 16, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    He stole $5million, and the FBI is offering $1,000 for info that leads to his arrest. Abegi they should go and sit down, be like say they never ready to catch this man.

    • Lee

      April 16, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Lol; frankly I thot same.

  7. keke

    April 16, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    just 1000USD? and with the current naira to dollar rate ? abeg park well FBI!!!! guy looking fresh in all white rocking designer llol. wehdonesir!! na to go sambisa forest go hide.

  8. Joke

    April 16, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Fine boy no pimples. Hawt!!! This one na prime akata meat oh, but my oyinbo sisters no go be far behind too. This one for Yankee no go day look 9ja girls side at all. But na village patrol bros go day till further notice.

  9. john

    April 16, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    so a Real Nigeria is not a only radical femtard who hates men but a yoruba tribalist as well

    • AceOfSpades

      April 16, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      Why Is it that when someone talks ill about Igbo, the person automatically becomes Yoruba? What if she is Hausa?

    • Mama

      April 17, 2017 at 5:30 am

      John, you’re a hypocrite! Calling out someone else when you’re also guilty of offensive tribal/religious remarks on this blog. Go read your comment on the child rape case again.

    • Butterfly

      April 17, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Nice try she’s not a Yoruba tribalist but an Igbo spinster ???

  10. nnenne

    April 16, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Handsome ,young man. What a wasted life!!!
    That’s why all of us are branded as thieves. Sad!!!


    April 16, 2017 at 10:46 pm


  12. nwa nna

    April 16, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Trust me, Nigerians committing fraudulent acts in diaspora cuts across all tribes. While we’re here fighting or dissing each other over tribal sentiment , all the headline says is Nigeria!!!

    I have a dream, that one day Nigerians will see fellow Nigerians for their individual character rather than judge an entire tribe for an individual act. Then, and only then, do I believe that Nigeria can begin to achieve its true potential.
    But hey, I know this is wishful thinking on my part.

    • funmilola

      April 16, 2017 at 11:39 pm


    • Cocolette

      April 17, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      No o, leave them! Like the oyibo man will ask your tribe before he is racist towards you, or the South Africans and Indians will ask your tribe before you are mobbed and killed by them. Keep putting other tribes down before foreigners, you are doing nobody but yourself! In the end we are all Nigerians till you let us have Biafra!

    • tunmi

      April 17, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      Just because others don’t care about our tribes doesn’t mean we denounce them

      That’s not to say @ARN was not foul for that comment. But I get tired of hearing “but they consider us blacks so why…” Abeg, how they see us should not dictate how we see ourselves.

  13. Tee

    April 16, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    So nobody for BN sabi this guy. Hmmmmmm na wa for my Naija peeps

  14. Ottawa Queen

    April 17, 2017 at 3:45 am

    I thought I saw this guy recently in Ottawa? This face is familiar. All these naija guys be forming 5 things yet dem be real thief!! You steal, you die!! You run, you die!! I need $1000 jare, I’ll be on the look out o.

  15. adelegirl

    April 17, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Next thing you know this one will show up in Lagos or Abuja socialite circles as the latest “self made” billionaire business man and philanthropist, with celebrity friends fawning over him and regular Nigerians begging him for help and worshiping the very ground he walks on. All we know is that he is rich. How he became rich doesn’t really matter. But Kunle/Obi/Yinusa/Odion etc who stole N5,000 to pay hospital bills will be lynched by this very same people, no mercy or questions asked about why.

    • Idomagirl

      April 18, 2017 at 9:37 am

      You don see am na.
      Like that guy that Bella Naija and our shallow celebs keep sucking up to.
      After committing fraud in the US and running back he’s now forming “billionaire big boy”.
      I don’t think we have values in this country.

    • missnk

      April 18, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      abi? big boy with his own motor company. side eye at BN

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