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FBI Declares Nigerian Man Wanted For $30m Fraud With Suspect About To Faces 621 Years In Prison

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A report by Vanguard has it that a 29-year-old Nigerian man, Chidozie Collins Obasi, has been declared wanted in the United States for alleged fraud.

The Nigerian is accused of allegedly defrauding US hospitals of $31 million by offering non-existent COVID-19 ventilators for sale.

This was disclosed in a statement by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) on Friday, September 9.

Obasi’s crime revealed It added that the suspect perpetrated the scheme from Nigeria with the support of co-conspirators abroad between September 2018 and June 2020.

Obasi and his accomplices allegedly received more than $31,000,000 through a complicated fraud scheme, the majority coming from the State of New York.

“Obasi allegedly convinced a medical equipment broker in the U.S. to broker sales of these non-existent ventilators, and ultimately deceived the State of New York into wiring more than $30 million for the purchase of ventilators that did not exist,” part of the statement reads.

According to the indictment sheet, Obasi who is presently a fugitive, is being charged with “one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, six counts of mail fraud and 16 counts of wire fraud.”

He faces a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison, a five-year period of supervised release, and a $5,750,000 fine and would also be required to make full restitution of the more than $31,000,000 that he allegedly obtained by fraud if found guilty, The Punch report added.

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Joe Igbokwe, an ally of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has dug up what Nuru Ribadu, a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said about the ex-governor while he headed the antigraft agency.

According to a post by Igbokwe on Facebook, Ribadu noted that one of the states he paid close attention to while in office was Lagos. In Igbokwe’s post, Ribadu was quoted to have said that he started an investigation into allegations of financial corruption in the state while Tinubu was the governor.

Meanwhile, the EFCC has secured the conviction and sentencing of five internet fraudsters. The fraudsters appeared before Justice N.I. Afolabi of the Federal High Court sitting in Lafia, Nasarawa state, on Tuesday, July 26.

The commission noted that they were convicted on one count charge each bordering on internet-related fraud. According to the EFCC, Okwechime fraudulently impersonated one Joseph Michael, an American soldier, to defraud one Molly of $350 (Three Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars), while Olaniyi sent electronic messages with the intent to defraud one Samuel Mayona.

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