FBI: Former Aide to Ogun Gov, Abidemi Rufai Pleads Guilty; to Pay $607,000, Forfeit Assets

Governor Dapo Abiodun’s suspended aide Abidemi Rufai has pleaded guilty to charges brought against him by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Wire fraud and aggravated identity theft were charged against him.

According to court documents from the district court for the western district of Washington, Mr Rufai entered a plea agreement on Tuesday.

Mr Rufai’s offenses were detailed in the court documents’ statement of facts.

It noted that Rufai “obtained the personal identifying information (PII)…of more than 20,000 unwitting 11 Americans… through unlawful means, including by misusing the Internal Revenue Service’s Data Retrieval Tool.”

It also noted that Rufai “used this stolen PII to fraudulently obtain 15 federally-funded benefits under a variety of relief programs, and by submitting fraudulent 16 claims for tax refunds, in the names of the Americans.

Mr Rufai must pay restitution of $607,377.

He must also detail all of his assets, including those tied to him through his spouse and proxies, that will be confiscated if he cannot pay the $607,377.

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The document stated, “Defendant agrees to disclose all assets in which defendant has any interest or control, directly or indirectly, including those held by a spouse, nominee, or third party.” “Defendant undertakes to fully cooperate with the United States’ inquiry into all property in which defendant has an interest, as well as with the United States’ authorized efforts to secure early payment of the financial obligations imposed in connection with this prosecution.”

All proceeds from fraudulent acts will be tracked down and forfeited to the United States government.

Abidemi Rufai was detained by security personnel in New York in May 2021 as he attempted to flee the United States to Nigeria via Amsterdam, according to the Peoples Gazette. Mr Rufai appeared in federal court a day after his arrest on charges that he falsely received more than $350,000 in unemployment benefits from the Washington State Employment Security Department during the COVID-19 outbreak last year by using the identities of over 100 Washington people.

Rufai was accused on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, nine counts of wire fraud, and five charges of aggravated identity theft on May 26, 2021, according to court filings.

After the FBI discovered anomalies in the surety he gave to the court, Rufai’s bail terms were jeopardized. The Gazette said that Bank of America suspected Nekpen Soyemi, a nurse named as Mr Rufai’s buddy, of a business email breach scheme.

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Mr Abidemi Rufai ‘s trial was postponed in January after the FBI discovered more than 100,000 pages of evidence linking him to tax and disaster fraud.

The date has been set for his sentence, which will take place on August 15th.

Rufai faces up to 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $1 million, and a period of supervision following release from prison of up to five years for wire fraud, and a mandatory term of imprisonment of two years, which must be consecutive to any other sentence, a fine of up to $250,000, a period of supervision following release from prison of up to one year, and a mandatory special assessment of $100 for aggravated identity theft.

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