Nigerian Man Charged With Wire Fraud In Craigslist Scam
An indictment was filed today charging Adebowale Ayodeji Owoaje, 30, of Ipaja, Nigeria, with wire fraud in a scheme to defraud individuals who were selling items on Craigslist.com, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.
According to the indictment, Owoaje would contact sellers thru Craigslist, agree to a price for their sale item and would have an unnamed co-conspirator (Co-Conspirator #1) send the seller a counterfeit check in excess of the agreed-upon price. Owoaje would then tell the seller the check was made out for the wrong amount, instruct the seller to deposit the check and wire back, via Western Union, a portion of the excess back to his “secretary” (who was, in reality, Co-Conspirator #1). The co-conspirator would keep a cut and wire the rest to Owoaje. It is alleged that Owoaje’s scheme resulted in the receipt and transfer of over $100,000 in stolen proceeds from sellers on Craigslist.
If convicted of all charges, Owoaje faces a potential advisory sentencing guideline range of 33 to 57 months in prison, a three year period of supervised release, a fine of up to $1 million, and a $400 special assessment.
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vineet Gauri.
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