NG Times Online News has got the names and images of six Nigerians who have just been put to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s FBI Wanted List.
According to News Online, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the US’s domestic intelligence and security arm, has revealed that six Nigerians have risen to the top of its priority list and are now the most sought people in the country.
The Nigerians on the FBI Wanted List are;
Michael Olorunyomi, Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh, Alex Afolabi Ogunsakin, Felix Osilama Okpoh, Abiola Ayorinde Kayode, and Nnamdi Orson Benson – allegedly carried out a business email compromise (BEC) scheme, according to the agency.
According to the FBI, the suspects scammed more than 70 different firms in the United States, resulting in a total loss of more than $6 million.
Uzuh, who appears to be the gang’s head, was charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to conduct wire fraud in the US District Court of Nebraska, Omaha, on October 18, 2016.
A federal warrant for his arrest was issued on October 19th.
Efforts to apprehend him have been futile since then since he has been hiding.
As seen in the FBI poster declaring Uzuh wanted, he and his co-conspirators sent spoofed emails to thousands of businesses in the US, requesting fraudulent wire transfers.
Uzuh allegedly worked with money launderers, romance scammers, and others involved in BEC schemes to launder the proceeds of other crimes through a complex network of witting and unwitting people in the U.S. and abroad.
Okpoh, who was indicted three years later, was accused of giving Uzuh and other co-conspirators with hundreds of bank accounts.
The accounts were utilized to receive $1 million in fraudulent wire transactions.
Okpoh was charged on August 21 and a warrant for his arrest was issued on August 22.
Kayode, who was also on the FBI’s list, was accused of providing Uzuh with bank accounts. He was also accused of running his own BEC and romance schemes.
On the same day as Ogunshakin and Okpoh, he was indicted.
Benson, the gang’s fifth member, was also charged with making bank accounts available to the gang. He also staged his own scams too.
Olorunyomi was not only a part of the six-man gang, but he also preyed on elderly people and widows.
He cheated his victims out of almost a million dollars.
He also helped the Uzuh organization by supplying bank accounts belonging to his victims, which were then used to make fraudulent wire transfers from other victims.
On November 13, 2019, he was the final to be charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, identity theft, and access device fraud.
His arrest warrant was issued on November 14th.