Ohio Resident Sentenced to 15 Months in Federal Prison for Role in Business E-Mail Compromise Scheme
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that OLUMUYIWA YAHTRIP ADEJUMO, also known as “Ade,” “Slimwaco,” “Waco,” “Waco Jamon,” “Hade” and “Hadey,” 33, of Toledo, Ohio, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 15 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in a business e-mail compromise scheme.
According to court documents and statements made in court, ADEJUMO, his co-conspirator Adeyemi Odufuye and others targeted CEOs, CFOs, controllers and others at U.S. businesses, including businesses in Connecticut, using sophisticated cyber techniques to defraud the businesses. ADEJUMO and his co-conspirators sent e-mails addressed to executives that were made to appear to be sent from the legitimate e-mail address of the CEO or other executive from the business. ADEJUMO and his co-conspirators sent the e-mails with the intent of having the recipients send or wire money to bank accounts used by members of the conspiracy.
The investigation revealed that scheme participants controlled multiple e-mail and social media accounts used in the scheme and, in certain instances, sent e-mails and attachments containing malware to the intended recipients.
In pleading guilty, ADEJUMO admitted that his participation in the scheme caused total losses of more than $100,000 to at least three organizational victims.
Chief Judge Hall ordered ADEJUMO to pay restitution in the amount of $90,930.
ADEJUMO has been detained since his arrest on November 16, 2017. On April 20, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
ADEJUMO, a citizen of Nigeria and lawful permanent resident of the U.S., faces immigration proceedings when he is released from prison.
Odufuye, also known as “Micky,” “Micky Bricks,” “Yemi,” “GMB,” “Bawz,” and “Jefe,” is a citizen of Nigeria. On December 19, 2016, he was arrested in the United Kingdom. Odufuye was extradited from the U.K. to the U.S. and, on January 3, 2018, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. He is detained while awaiting sentencing.
This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Connecticut Cyber Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David T. Huang.
U.S. Attorney Durham thanked the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio and the FBI’s Cleveland Field Office for their assistance in this case.
To contact the Connecticut Cyber Task Force, please call the FBI in New Haven at 203-777-6311.