A Nigerian national living in Oklahoma was sentenced on Friday for operating a money laundering network that defrauded its victims, including several elderly Americans, of at least US$2.5 million.
Nigerian-based romance scam operation from 2017 to 2019, using online dating websites and social media platforms to snare his victims.Afeez Adebara, 36, orchestrated a
According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), members of Adebara’s criminal conspiracy pretended to be Americans working or traveling abroad. As they developed rapport with their victims, they requested money in increasingly larger sums, claiming the funds were needed to complete business projects or to help them return to the United States.
The scam ring laundered the proceeds through several bank accounts, which were opened under false identities using fake passports and other fraudulent documentation.
Before Adebara passed on the account numbers to his co-conspirators to launder their ill-gotten gains, he would first take a commission for himself, the DOJ said.
The laundered money would then be redirected back to their own accounts in Nigeria, or be used to purchase vehicles and car parts.
“Afeez Adebara led a group of money launderers who bilked unsuspecting victims out of their…