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Eight suspects indicted for worldwide computer and wire fraud scam resulting in the theft of millions

June 27, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Eight suspects indicted for worldwide computer and wire fraud scam resulting in the theft of millions

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Feds indict eight suspects for worldwide computer and wire fraud scam

WMC Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee

Federal prosecutors indicted eight people in the U.S. and Africa in Memphis Federal Court for an internet wire fraud scheme that resulted in the theft of millions of dollars from individuals and businesses worldwide.

Law enforcement officials said the suspects utilized fraudulent emails to commit financial wire fraud after hacking into servers and email systems belonging to a Memphis- based real estate company.

Justice Department officials said the conspiracy defrauded US-based companies of $15 million since 2012.

Feds also accused the group of using internet scams involving credit cards, buying gold, fraudulent checks and even romance, to launder money and send goods to the African countries of Nigeria, South Africa, and Ghana.

Prosecutors said the co-conspirators arrested by federal agents include U.S. citizens in Indiana and Washington state along with a Mexican national residing in California, a Nigerian citizen in Atlanta and Ghana national living in New York, the Associated Press reports.

The suspects’ named indictment are James Dean, Javier Alonso, Rashid Abdulai, Dana Brady, Maxwell Peter, Olufolajimi Abegunde, Emurhowhoariogho Okorhi, and Babatunde Martins.

All of the defendants remain in custody pending extradition to Tennessee, according to ActionNews5 in Memphis.

Additionally, authorities in Ghana arrested three other Africans named in the indictment, identified as Dennis Miah, Sumalia Wumpini, Victor Okorhi, and Ayodeji Ojo.

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