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3 Nigerian Members of International Fraud Syndicate get 235 years Imprisonment

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(Left to Right): Rasaq Raheem, Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan, Femi Alexander Mewase

Three Nigerians were convicted in U.S. district court this week for carrying out an elaborate fraud scheme that spanned at least 16 years, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

The trio who were extradited from South Africa to the Southern District of Mississippi in July 2015, were sentenced to prison this week for their roles in a large-scale international fraud network.

Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan, 30, was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and bank fraud, conspiracy to commit identity theft, access device fraud, and theft of U.S. government funds, two counts of mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He was sentenced to 95 years in prison

Rasaq Aderoju Raheem, 31 was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and bank fraud, conspiracy to commit identity theft, access device fraud, and theft of U.S. government funds, three counts of mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He was given 115 years behind bars.

Femi Alexander Mewase, 45, was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit identity theft, access device fraud, and theft of U.S. government funds. He  got 25 years imprisonment sentence.

A total of 21 defendants were charged in this case, 12 of whom have pleaded guilty to charges related to the conspiracy, and 11 of whom have been sentenced to date.

One of the leaders of the conspiracy, Teslim Olarewaju Kiriji, 30, was previously sentenced to 20 years in prison. Six other defendants – Adekunle Adefila, 41; Anuoluwapo Segun Adegbemigun, 40; Gabriel Oludare Adeniran, 30; Olufemi Obaro Omoraka, 27; Taofeeq Olamilekan Oyelade, 32; and Olusegun Seyi Shonekan, 34 – were previously sentenced to 10 years in prison each for their roles in the conspiracy.

Genoveva Farfan, 45, a U.S. citizen, was sentenced to 9 years in prison, and Rhulane Fionah Hlungwane, 26, from South Africa, got 5 years in prison for their roles in the conspiracy. Olutoyin Ogunlade, 41, was sentenced to four years in prison. Dennis Brian Ladden, 75, of Wisconsin was sentenced to time served and six months’ home confinement. Susan Anne Villeneuve, 61, of California, pleaded guilty earlier this month and is awaiting sentencing.

According to the plea agreements and evidence at trial, the defendants and their co-conspirators carried out numerous internet-based fraud schemes dating back at least to 2001. These schemes involved using unsuspecting victims to cash counterfeit checks and money orders, using stolen credit card numbers to purchase electronics and other merchandise and using stolen personal identification information to take over victims’ bank accounts. As a whole, the conspiracy involved tens of millions of dollars in intended losses.

To accomplish their fraud schemes, the conspirators recruited the assistance of U.S. citizens via “romance scams,” in which the perpetrator would typically use a false identity on a dating website to establish a romantic relationship with an unsuspecting victim. According to trial evidence and plea documents, once the perpetrator gained the victim’s trust and affection, the perpetrator would convince the victim to either send money or to help carry out fraud schemes. For example, the defendants admitted that they used romance victims to launder money via Western Union and MoneyGram, to re-package and re-ship fraudulently obtained merchandise and to cash counterfeit checks.

24 Comments

  1. Miss Pee

    May 27, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    ???? this is not fair nah, kuku give them life imprisonment than 115yeara behind bars? Oyibo people funny shaa. Anyways I hope other people like them learn their lessons and turn a new leaf.

  2. Kosi

    May 27, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Oga o, Oga ju! What can i say? I’m ashamed

  3. me

    May 27, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    @drbtgar, @drdd4u, @mohlaboss, @mr.pius, @bash_ct, @mrs_leeo1 wife to google Innocent Aleokhai Abinokhauno, @lumkamquqo, @mantshaba, @tankie, RCCG Heavens Gate Parklands big boys…. Watch out in Parklands, Cape Town, who’s next in your wire fraud top dawg fraud?
    One by one we read about your US extraditions and 30years+ sentences!

    One day for the….

  4. Professor X

    May 27, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Yet cop says shoot and kill innocent, unarmed black kids on the regular and walk away few people. That’s the US justice system. The sentencing is overkill.

    • Professor X

      May 27, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      *cops shoot
      *walk away FREE people ??

    • Sammy jones

      May 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      I agree way over kill

  5. Pharell

    May 27, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Finally BN?
    Now thats what we talking “bout.

  6. Iselogunishe

    May 27, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Ojogbogbo ni ti ole…ojokan ni ti onile

  7. Me

    May 27, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Very good! Greedy idiots. The Nigerian govt should work with foreign govts to incarcerate accomplices here in Nigeria. You can’t tell me their families had no clue what was going on. Exemplary punishment needs to be handed out to idiots like these, who ruin the name Nigerian for everyone who bears it.

  8. Pharell

    May 27, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Again, since you IDIOTSSS are now deleting and/or deleting outright remarks that call out these YORUBA THIEVES”&”SCAMMERS…let me NEVER- and I dare repeat NEVER!!!- see any “tribalistic” remarks on any crimes committed by the ppl frm othr parts of the nation- particularly the Igbos. If we EVER see you people allow/unblock such remarks and publish it on this blog, believe me- my team & I would take you(BN) to the cleaners; it”ll be a knock-out this time!. What is good for the goose, is equally so for the gander. If there shd be no(0) insults, it shd be so&same across board- level playing field, no ill-treatment, no bias/no favouritism/no prejudice. Take care.

    • jinkelele

      May 27, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Pscchew.
      Gerrahia
      Threat ko! Nonsense.
      Get a life

    • #Proudnigerian

      May 27, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      So your problem is for insults to be enabled?? Is that the issue here? Or the fact that these NIGERIANS decided to disgrace our country? All the Americans know is that they are Nigerian’s not Wether they are ibo or yoruba. Hian! nawa to you o.

    • Mrs chidukane

      May 27, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Nigerians because they’re Yoruba about? Lol

    • Marian

      May 27, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      Smh, Don’t forget to pop champagne on top this victory!!!

    • Brainstorm

      May 28, 2017 at 2:17 am

      He said “my team and I” ??

      But this is actually not funny @pharell. Sane people know crime has no race or ethnic group or gender. You want people to insult these guys but will that make the criminals from other parts of the country change? Why is your brain on reverse? Ehn!

    • jade

      May 28, 2017 at 5:06 am

      Pharell, why the unnecessary anger. Majority of internet scams are Yorubas. And majority of drug crimes are Igbos.Majority of terrorism crimes are northerners. Do you feel better now? There’s good and bad in every tribe.

    • RE

      May 28, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      So you complain about prejudice yet you are prejudiced yourself, were you dropped on your head as a baby?? Life doesn’t work that way, you lead by example. If everybody goes by your thought process, prejudice will never end because everyone will justify their actions by how others treat them.

  9. Kabir

    May 27, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Nigeria Is the problem Of Nigeria, If we are Successful Abroad and the news was broadcast , You Will Madly Argue And vice Versa

  10. Pharell

    May 27, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    @#Proudnigerian: good to know the THIEVES-cum-SCAMMERS are “NIGERIANS” now..#FingersCrossed.

  11. Ibiso

    May 27, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    YORUBA-stards!!! the shame of a nation.
    Oya make una clap for unaselves.

  12. Joachim Chretien

    May 28, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Halil Suleyman “Sul” Ozerden, I’m sorry to say an appointee of George Bush sentenced three Nigerian Internet fraudsters to a total of over 300 years in prison. Why you may ask? To cover the uproar caused by the throwing out of the two life sentences of Lee Boyd Malvo, a convert to Islam by Raymond Alvin Jackson, a Clinton appointee. He was instrumental in getting the sentences of crack cocaine criminals reduced. He knows the Nigerian defendant’s sentences will not be sustained. Note this, from Nigerian news sources: “One of the leaders of the conspiracy, Teslim Olarewaju Kiriji, 30, was previously sentenced to 20 years in prison. Six other defendants – Adekunle Adefila, 41; Anuoluwapo Segun Adegbemigun, 40; Gabriel Oludare Adeniran, 30; Olufemi Obaro Omoraka, 27; Taofeeq Olamilekan Oyelade, 32; and Olusegun Seyi Shonekan, 34 – were previously sentenced to 10 years in prison each for their roles in the conspiracy.” Kind of makes it obvious that the ridiculous sentences were for extra-judicial reasons.

  13. californiabawlar

    May 28, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Many are mad but few are roaming.

  14. BEAUTIFUL

    May 28, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    @pharrel you have said it all .. thank you .. BN post my comment o

  15. Sammy jones

    May 29, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Wow they got some really long sentences to do they stole from the US government never ever do that they put you away for life for that

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