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Online Dating Fraud Lands Nigerian Couple, Others Hundreds of Months in U.S. Jail

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Gbenga Ogundele and Moji Popoola

Gbenga Ogundele aka Benson Ogundele, 58, of Laurel, Maryland has been sentenced to 234 months in prison over conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering arising from a scheme to defraud vulnerable victims of millions of dollars.

Ogundele’s wife Moji Popoola, aka Mojisola Oluwakemi Tin Popoola/Moji T. Popoola, 42, also of Laurel, was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Both sentences will be followed by three years of supervised release.

United States District Judge, Paul W. Grimm also convicted Ogundele of aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme.

Judge Grimm, had on March 20, 2017, sentenced Mojisola’s brother Babatunde Emmanuel Popoola, aka Emmanuel Popoola/Tunde Popoola, 34 to 12 years imprisonment on the same charges.

Ogundele and the Popoolas were convicted on November 18, 2016, after a 17-day trial.

Ogundele, Mojisola, and Emmanuel, were, in 2015, indicted by a federal grand jury alongside Mukhtar Danjuma Haruna, a/k/a “Mukhtar Haruna Danjuma” and “Mukky,” of Lagos, Nigeria; Victor Oyewumi Oloyede, 41, of Laurel; Olusegun Charles Ogunseye, aka “Charles O. Ogunseye,” 58, of Laurel; Adeyinka Olubunmi Awolaja, Jr., aka “Yinka O. Awolaja, Jr.,” 33, formerly of New Carrolltown, Maryland; Olusola Olla, 48, of Brown Summit, North Carolina; and Olufemi Wilfred Williams, aka “Wilfred Olufemi Williams” and “Femi Williams,” 26, of Owings Mills, Maryland.

The judge ordered Ogundele to forfeit $2,195,103.36, Mojisola Popoola to forfeit approximately $165,000 and to pay restitution of $34,100, and Emmanuel to pay restitution of $465,170.76.

According to the evidence presented during their trial, from January 2011 to May 18, 2015, members of the conspiracy searched online dating websites to initiate romantic relationships with elderly male and female individuals. They phoned, e-mailed, texted and used Internet chat messenger services to form romantic relationships with the victims, who lived in Maryland and around the country.

The members of the conspiracy were said to have used a number of false stories and promises to convince the victims to provide money to the conspirators, including fake hospital bills, plane trips to visit the victims, problems with overseas businesses and foreign taxes. The conspirators opened bank accounts in order to receive millions of dollars from the victims.

Numerous deposits from several victims into bank accounts controlled by the defendants, or checks received from the victims, ranging in individual amounts from $1,720 to $30,000 were also discovered.

Members of the conspiracy used false stories and promises to convince the victims to provide money to the conspirators, including fake hospital bills, plane trips to visit the victims, problems with overseas businesses and foreign taxes.

Oloyede, a co-conspirator was sentenced to 234 months in prison.

Awolaja, Ogunseye, and Williams pleaded guilty to the charges against them. Awolaja will be sentenced on June 12, 2017, Ogunseye, on July 25, 2017, and Williams, on July 27, 2017.

Source: THISDAY FBI

22 Comments

  1. o

    April 14, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Greedy bunch. Serves them right.

  2. James

    April 14, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    They are flying the green and white flag high and making us proud. Right on brothers. Enjoy your time in the pen.

  3. Mr Gbajumo

    April 14, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    https://www.facebook.com/moji.ogundele

    Such a shame !..you and your husband in will shouting in church as if you are christians , meanwhile you are thieves .

    • Just my 2 Kobo

      April 15, 2017 at 2:50 am

      I checked the facebook page. All I can say is LOOOOOOLLL. With all the church & pastor posts..Hypocrites of life. 19 years no be small beans.

      Anyways, this news doesn’t surprise me. We know our people very very well. Corruption is in the blood. If they were in Nigeria, they will be blaming Buhari/Jonathan for stealing.

    • nene

      April 15, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      corruption is truly in the blood of most Nigerians home and abroad. shame on them!

    • Jade

      April 15, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Are you telling me? Religious people just make me uncomfortable in a way I can’t explain. For every naija criminal, there is a church backing them

    • C

      April 15, 2017 at 3:03 am

      Oya u can’t just come here spill droplets. Spill the Tea. Amebo corner is waiting 😀

  4. Nyc

    April 14, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Disgusting act..and they be living in nice neighborhoods and others will be feeling like they are loosers…see what many do behind the scenes. Never compare yourself cos u don’t know what they do

  5. nwa nna

    April 14, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    A couple that commits frauds together serves jail terms together..

  6. Ru

    April 14, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Awon ole. Serves them right.

  7. Slimjude

    April 14, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Weydone Sir!,
    Weydone Ma.

  8. Tanimola

    April 15, 2017 at 2:00 am

    Hummmm i pity Moji’s mother really; cos 3 people in one family are indicted! Moji, Moji’s husband and Moji’s younger brother is the Babatunde mentioned. Then Yinka Awolaja is Tunde’s buddy. Such a terrible thing they did

  9. Mr. Egghead

    April 15, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Always sad to see cases like this, particularly in the DMV.
    All this people with big house, big car and big ego at meetings. You can never tell who is legit.

    • Cocolette

      April 15, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Mr Egghead… you’re a doctor yeah? Do you stay in the DMV

  10. Jade

    April 15, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Awon big tithe payers of Maryland.

  11. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    April 15, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    These are some of the morons giving us (hard working Nigerians) bad names in the United States of America. Thank Goodness these bastads have been apprehended and death with appropriately. I hope this will serve as deterrent to other criminally minded Nigerians living in the United States of America. Particularly those living in the State of Maryland to turn a new live. “Crime doesn’t pay”. “Honest work pays.” If you commit any crime you will get caught. it’s just a question of time. A word is enough for the wise.. I’m just saying.

  12. Madman

    April 15, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    BN you better drop my tea

  13. Madman

    April 15, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Babatunde Popoola of Lagos State Model College, Meiran, I remember AdeNiyi Adeyemi was also caught for Bank Fraud back then. He spent sometime in Rulers Island. What’s up with them Meiran boys???? Anyways some people have been stealing since thier Meiran days.

    God is faithful, everyday for the thief, one day for the owner.

    Bamikole Omishore, you’re next.

    • Tanimola

      April 16, 2017 at 6:08 am

      Haaaaa eyin aiye!! Why brings Banks Omisore into this na? Just cos he’s SSA to Saraki doesn’t mean he’s “next” na! Chaiiii

  14. Madman

    April 15, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Babatunde Popoola of Lagos State Model College, Meiran, I remember AdeNiyi Adeyemi was also caught for Bank Fraud back then. He spent sometime in Rikers Island. What’s up with them Meiran boys???? Anyways some people have been stealing since thier Meiran days.

    God is faithful, everyday for the thief, one day for the owner.

    Bamikole Omishore, you’re next.

  15. Idomagirl

    April 16, 2017 at 2:35 am

    See her looking like all those church mummies that will be judging you if they see your bra strap.
    Mscheeew.

    • saide

      April 18, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      the churches that have women that behave like that look nothing like this woman abegi. Talk your truth o.she is madeup and accessorized! how in the world does she look like a church mummy?

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