The Federal Bureau of Investigation
A 36-year-old Nigerian, Afeez Adebara has been jailed in the United States for romance scams and money laundering.
The Nigerian, who heads a group of money launderers in an online romance scam, was on Friday sentenced to four years in jail by a court in the Northern District of Oklahoma.
According to several court papers, Adebara and his other scammers had defrauded multiple victims of amount worth over $2.5m
Reports puts elderly individuals, especially females across the United States to be their major victims,
Apart from the four years of jail time, the court also ordered Norman and Oklahoma based Adebara to pay the sum of $500,740 in restitution to his victims.
Reports obtained quotes Acting U.S Attorney, Clint Johnson saying, “Afeez Adebara led a group of money launderers who bilked unsuspecting victims out of their hard-earned retirement and savings accounts as part of a Nigerian romance scam.
“This con artist and his cohorts have been brought to justice, thanks to the work of the FBI and federal prosecutors Babasijibomi Moore and Chris Nassar.”
Adebara, whose aliases included “Sam Ade” and “Alan Altman,” was indicted on October 10, 2019, alongside six other named suspects and three unnamed people.
The indictment alleged that Adebara and the nine others conspired to commit money laundering in 2017 as part of a scheme that involved the use of online dating sites and social media platforms to fleece unsuspecting elderly women.
Adebara pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering on November 3, 2020.
Six other Nigerians were also connected with the case, court papers revealed, adding that they had been sentenced.