Popular Internet Fraudster Extradited to United States

Popular Internet Fraudster, Tourey Ahmed Rufai, a Ghanaian internet fraudster, has been extradited to the United States.

Tourey Ahmed Rufai, a prominent internet fraudster who fled to Ghana after being sentenced to four years in prison, has been extradited to fulfill his term in the United States.

On 14 April, the internet fraudster was apprehended in Ghana, and on 6 August, he was extradited to the United States.

Rufai’s extradition was announced by Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and other officials.

Rufai was arrested in connection with a fraud conspiracy centered in Ghana that involved the theft of more than $10 million via business email hacks and romantic scams.

Between 2014 and 2018, the gang targeted businesses and elderly people in a number of frauds, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

The 33-year-old was part of a criminal organization located in Ghana that defrauded more than 100 American businesses and individuals out of more than $10 million in business email hacks and romance scams.

Millions of dollars in fraud proceeds from Enterprise victims were received or ordered to be received in bank accounts owned by RUFAI and his co-conspirators in the Bronx, New York.

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To evade detection and conceal the genuine identity of the Enterprise controversies’ members, some of these bank accounts were formed under false names, stolen identities, or shell corporations.

The defendants withdrew, moved, and laundered the fraud funds to other members of the Enterprise, including those in Ghana, after receiving the fraud proceeds in bank accounts under their control.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “When a defendant released on bail like Tourey Ahmed Rufai cuts his ankle bracelet and flees the country, it is an affront to the victims of his crimes and the Court. Thanks to the extraordinary work of the FBI, IRS-CI, and our law enforcement partners both in the United States and in Ghana, this fugitive was apprehended in Ghana and has been returned to the United States to serve his four-year sentence.”

FBI Acting Assistant Director Jacqueline Maguire said: “Justice will now rightfully be delivered – both to Mr. Rufai as he serves his prison sentence, and to the innocent victims from whom he stole millions of dollars. When Mr. Rufai decided to cut off his ankle bracelet and flee the United States, he did not understand the FBI’s ability to find fugitives in foreign nations through our extraordinary international law enforcement partnerships. We thank everyone involved, and especially our IRS-CI colleagues and our Ghanaian partners, in ensuring Mr. Rufai will be held accountable for his crimes.”

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