MyNewsGh.com has intercepted videos of how some sophisticated International Nigerian fraudsters blew cash and lived large prior to their arrest by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The over 80 suspects who were recently rounded up after nearly three years of investigations into their fraudulent operations, flamboyantly displayed cash both in Nigeria and America splashing bills of dollars at the least opportunity.
A video that has been intercepted by this portal believed to have been during a pre-wedding party of one of the ring leader, reveals a rather extravagant lifestyle of all the guests who have been apprehended.
Sources indicate that all suspects have signature vehicles and plush mansions in America and their home country of Nigeria claiming they are entrepreneurs when in actual sense they are perpetrating fraud.
According to the FBI, the suspects are engaging in a wide-ranging fraud and money laundering
A 252-count federal grand jury indictment unsealed has since charged 80 people from around the world, including 11 arrested in Southern California, with participating in a massive conspiracy to steal millions through fraud schemes and launder the money through a Los Angeles-based network. The FBI called it one of the largest internet fraud schemes the agency has ever seen.
The conspiracy involved mostly Nigerian nationals. Two of the defendants named in the indictment were already in federal custody on other charges, six are fugitives believed to be in the United States and the rest are believed to be abroad, with most of them in Nigeria.
According to the criminal complaint, the defendants targeted victims in the U.S. and across the globe in romance scams and with fake emails from known businesses, all in an effort to get money sent under false pretences. The FBI says the schemes resulted in the fraudulent transfer of at least $6 million.
“The romance scams prey on vulnerable populations, but the BEC victims are often reputable companies and conscientious employees who have been fooled by sophisticated cyber frauds into transferring money,” said Paul Delacourt, the FBI Assistant Director in Charge.
BEC refers to Business Email Compromised fraud and involves the criminals finding out which employee within a business handles money and wire transfers and sending them emails that look like they were sent from vendors they usually do business with to request money.
The lead defendants named in the indictment – 31-year-old Valentine Iro of Carson and 38-year-old Chukwudi Christogunus Igbokwe of Gardena – allegedly coordinated the laundering of the ill-gotten funds, in exchange for a cut of the money.
Each of the defendants named in the indictment is charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to launder money and aggravated identity theft. Several also face additional fraud and money laundering charges.