Reports culled from the US Department of Justice says a South African woman and 6 Nigerian men have pleaded guilty of being a global fraud syndicate and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the Seven Africans were among 21 defendants charged in Gulfport’s federal court, Mississippi.
As learnt, investigations into the case against the SA lady and 6 Nigerian men started in 2011 after a woman informed the police that a man she met at a dating website sent her cellular phones to repackage and reship.
Thereafter, investigators used her email account to correspond with the man. Thus, it was gathered that the fraud syndicate involves not fewer than 200 people globally.
The root of the global fraud syndicate was subsequently traced to South Africa and Nigeria.
It was revealed that the modus operandi of the group was using emails to attract victims’ affection. After that, they’ll get the victims to send them money and take part in other fraud schemes.
The seven Africans were identified as South Africa’s Rhulane Fionah Hlungwane (26), and Nigerians:
Gabriel Oludare Adeniran (30); Olusegun Seyi Shonekan (34); Taofeeq Olamilekan Oyelade (32); Olufemi Obaro Omoraka (27); Anuoluwapo Segun Adegbemigun (40); and Adekunle Adefila, (41).
Aside Adefila, they’ve all pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit identity theft, access device fraud and theft of government funds. The US Postal Service alone reportedly lost $300 000 to the fraudsters.
Not long past, BuzzSouthAfrica reported that a South African women and five Nigerian men she worked with to defraud South Africans were dragged to court to pay for their sins.
Then, it was alleged that they duped South African women in quest for love a total sum of R400, 000.