Nigerian Wanted By FBI For N2.1 Billion Internet Fraud Surrenders To EFCC

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Nigerian Wanted By FBI For N2.1 Billion Internet Fraud Surrenders To EFCC - Vantage News Nigeria
Felix Osilama Okpoh

Felix Osilama Okpoh, indicted in the United States for internet related fraud has turned himself in to Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in June 2020 indicted six Nigerians for their various role in an online scams worth over N2.1 billion ($6 million).

The indicted suspects are Felix Osilama Okpoh, Richard Uzuh, Micheal Olorunyomi, Alex Ogunshakin, Nnamdi Benson, and Abiola Kayode.

The accused individuals allegedly targeted U.S. businesses and individuals through deceptive global threats known as business email compromise (BEC), and romance fraud.

31-year-old Okpoh was indicted for engaging in money laundering, and providing hundreds of U.S. bank accounts that were used to receive fraudulent wire transfers from victims.

EFCC on Tuesday announced Okpoh was taken into custody after he made himself available.

The bank accounts he allegedly provided to his conspirators were used to receive fraudulent wire transfers totaling over $1 million, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The U.S. Attorney’s office said in June the indictments charged Okpoh and his conspirators with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and wire fraud, punishable by up to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000; and identity theft, and access device fraud, each punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment, and a fine of up to $250,000

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