Nigerians Risk Life Time Imprisonment
A Federal jury in Gulfport on Wednesday convicted the three Nigerians of multiple fraud crimes that could put them behind bars for the rest of their lives.
The were extradited from South Africa in July 2015 to face charges along with 18 different others indicted.
The suspects Rasaq Aderoju Raheem, 31 years old faces up to 115 years in prison, Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan, 30 years old, faces up to 95 years in prison while Femi Alexander Mewase, 45 years old, faces up to 25 years in prison.
They were nabbed after a Biloxi woman in Gulfport reported internet-based financial fraud schemes, that include romance scams, re-shipping scams, fraudulent check scams, and work-at-home scams.
According to witnesses, the fraudsters usually operate by first identifying potential victims through online dating sites and work-at-home opportunities. In some cases, they would carry out fictitious online romantic relationships to further the scheme.
Their victims unknowing of the scheme to dupe them would be convinced to ship and receive merchandise purchased with stolen credit or banking information, to deposit counterfeit checks, withdraw money from fraudulent prepaid cards, and to transfer proceeds via wire, mail, or express delivery.
The three suspects, Rasaq, Oladimeji and Femi will be sentenced on May 24, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden.