David Animashaun, 38 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracyOluwalobamise Michael Moses, 40 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracyIrabor Fatarr Musa, 51 – arrested in the Eastern District of Texas, charged by the Northern District of Texas wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracyIjeoma Okoro, 31 – arrested in DFW, wire fraud conspiracy fraud, money laundering conspiracyChukwemeka Orji, 36 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracyEmanuel Stanley Orji, 35 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracyFrederick Orji, 37 – arrested in Dallas, charged with wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracyUwadiale Esezobor, 36 – arrested in Lubbock, charged with mail & wire fraud conspiracyVictor Idowu, 36 – arrested in Los Angeles, charged with mail & wire fraud conspiracyAfeez Abiola Alao, 37 – wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracyAmbrose Sunday Ohide, 47 – wire fraud conspiracy The following arrests and charges were made: It is estimated that over 20,000 people lost over $600 million dollars.
After building relationships, they came up with stories to get money then stole from them by the thousands. It’s alleged that these people preyed on elderly victims who were widowed or divorced using fake names on sites like Match.com.
“Crimes like these are especially despicable because they rely not only on victims’ lack of internet savvy, but also, their isolation, their loneliness, and sometimes their grief. As the victims open their hearts, the perpetrators open their wallets,” Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah said at a press conference announcing the charges. “The only mistake these victims make is being generous to the wrong people.” Most defendants involved have ties to Nigeria with organized crime.
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