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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Nigerian man arrested for duping American banks of over $100,000 using fake identities (photo)

A Nigerian man who allegedly duped a number of banks out of more than $100,000 faced a federal judge last Friday, April 21, after being arrested on April 10 by agents from the Department of Homeland Security and charged on four federal criminal charges.
Opeyemi Abdulahi Orekan, resident of Rhode Island was involved in an organized fraud ring that used fake passports from Nigeria and Ghana and fraudulent identities to defraud a number of banks out of tens of thousands of dollars. The federal government is charging him with bank fraud, passport fraud, identity theft and access device fraud.

Investigators say Orekan used nine different identities, including a number of passports from Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana, to open bank accounts at a number of bank branches including Bank of America, Webster Bank and Santander to deposit counterfeit checks and then withdraw bank funds. Counterfeit checks from NRG Residential Solar Solutions, the Viking Corporation and Bosch were deposited into accounts, according to the affidavit.

Orekan would then allegedly send the funds to an individual in Nigeria. The transactions occurred at a number of bank branches in Johnston, Lincoln, Pawtucket, Providence and Warwick. Bank America reported nearly $37,000 in losses from at least one of the accounts and another $26,000 from another one of Orekan’s accounts. Santander reported a near $20,000 loss in connection with Orekan.

He also allegedly used fake identities to open accounts at TD Bank, Wells Fargo and Chase Bank.
"Orekan has been engaged in lengthy pattern of fraud that has been perpetuated across at least 10 different financial institutions," says Keith Holleran, a special agent with the Dept. of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Providence.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee Vilker told the court that investigators have gathered a number of records and evidence including passports that were found in a ceiling crawl space which, he said, has made their case stronger. A bag filled with passports was also found in an old, rolled-up carpet found by the property manager of one of the apartments where Orekan resided. That's when the property manager contacted the FBI.
Forensic tests of the passports determined that two Republic of Nigeria passports were altered and two Republic of Ghana passports were counterfeit. Four additional US admission stamps, machine readable visas adn two Ghana drivers licenses were also tested and determined to be counterfeit.
"He has a contact in Africa that is sending him these passports," Vilker told Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan during a hearing on Friday, as two of Orekan’s supporters sat behind him. “ICE tells me he can absolutely flee the country.”
Attorney John F. Cicilline, who is representing Orekan (who is currently being detained), asked Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan to release Orekan as has ties to a number of family members in Rhode Island and is not a flight risk. He asked the judge to possibly release Orekan with conditions such as electronic monitoring.

The judge denied Cicilline’s request saying electronic monitoring isn’t a full proof tool adding that the evidence against Orekan is strong and that the investigation shows it’s become even stronger.
“The defendant has significant ties to a different country…the affidavit mentions a substantial amount of passports that have passed muster at a number of banks…wiring of tens of thousands to the defendant’s mother in Nigeria,” Sullivan said.
“Finally, and very significant, the defendant had contact with law enforcement in November 2016, was released and continued the behavior and then charged in January 2017, released and again continued the behavior,” Sullivan added.
"Now facing federal charges knitting together what is now unlike instances in November and January, a very substantial charge exposing him to a period of incarceration and risk of deportation."
Source: NBC News

27 comments:

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Again?!


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Anonymous said...

Not again! 🙉

Aliona marshall said...

Lol! Correct guy! Up Nigeria!!!��������������‍♀️����‍♀️����‍♀️����‍♀️

Aliona marshall said...

Lol! Correct guy! Up Nigeria!!!��������������‍♀️����‍♀️����‍♀️����‍♀️

Anonymous said...

Those he hold an American Citizenship?? then how is he nigerian??because its fraud??...Is Dr Bennet Omalu a Nigerian Or American????

Anonymous said...

But this one is not Igbo. Who is bringing the bad name to our country?

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing he's 'Igbo'

Puddy Alpheaus said...

Crime has no tribe nor religion, just as music is a universal language, even so is crime

ANIEKAN DAVID said...

Work like machinery

Welove said...

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Anonymous said...

In the words of former British Prime Minister... "Nigerians are fantastically corrupt".
Lemme add... "greedy bunch"

Anonymous said...

Can't you read, dumb fool. Does that name sound Igbo. Clearly you didn't read the story but rushed to comment.

Onah Caleb said...

Nigeria and crime.

Anonymous said...

You are high... So Na only igbos be criminal Abi... Craze dey worry you

Vivian Reginalds said...

he shd wehdone!
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Anonymous said...

Hey! YORUBA!!!
Up you!Up Naija!

Anonymous said...

I said "I'm guessing he's Igbo" to ridicule those who call Igbos thieves. Read my irony.

Anonymous said...

I said "I'm guessing he's Igbo" to ridicule those who call Igbos thieves. Read my irony.

ogbonna nwabueze said...

They are the reason why our families and friends are comparing us with them that make their money in criminal way without knowing how they make there money here

Anonymous said...

After smoking cheap weed, you jump into conclusion without reading

Anonymous said...

nigerians again...

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Ellayvated said...

Why does every LIB story descend into comments on what tribe the person comes from and what not... And many of these people will still go back to church and when the preacher says Love your neighbor, they'll be the first to say "Yes Pastor".. The first thing we should be doing is praying for these people. The devil is a respecter of no tribe, all he wants is your destruction. All we do now is talk about where someone comes from if he is in the wrong. There's no tribe full of saints, neither is there any tribe full of sinners.. You think you are all perfect and deserve to be alive and where you are right now? We should be thanking God for His grace over our lives and that all our shortcomings aren't publicized on LIB..

Anonymous said...

Tanishing the image of Nigeria for everywhere

Anonymous said...

Boyz dey hustle

Anonymous said...

@ellayvated. I will says this is what is killing Nigeria enteryarly. As sin knws no one.Which makes us to easily fall into mistakes. Crime issues is not about tribalism. Wer u comz from or wer are u from. I don't knw where Nigeria sees it in the bible, To be differenciating one another wen it comz to sin or by comiting a crime, this shows how hatred we hve to each I'n this country. Nigeria doesn't hve a two name outside there. Nigeria is Nigeria a white man will not asked u weather u are a or b. U are only knwn by the country u represent. I mean the flag u carry. That white man concern. Nigeria Nigeria.... Make una stop tribalism and point out fingers to each other. This is killing it more than pointing gun at someone. U should all knw. Nd it in mind knw one is perfect. Nd for some1 to be good means God is involved. No one' is saint without lead by the spirit of God. So don't think u are perfect when someone makes wrong and sit dwn der, nd begin to point fingers or no be my tribe oo hunnn Nigeria... Love love love nd to be loved. It is the Grace of God that keeps both u and I to be, alive tilltoday. Never think is urs self efforts or urs physical power. But God almighty... I rest my case. One love Nigeria and one love to the nation called Nigeria. It is well

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