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U.S. Attorney’s Office
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Nigerian National Charged with Possessing Private Personal Information

Defendant part of operation targeting business email compromise schemes

BOSTON - A Nigerian national was charged in federal court in Boston in connection with unlawfully possessing the identifications of two victims.

Richard Emem Jackson, aka Auwire, 23, of Lagos, Nigeria, was charged in an indictment filed on May 17, and unsealed yesterday, with two counts of unlawful possession of a means of identification. Jackson has not yet been arrested and remains at-large.

According to the indictment, on two occasions in 2017, Jackson is alleged to have possessed the identifications of two victims with the intent to commit wire fraud conspiracy as part of a larger fraud scheme. 

Jackson faces a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Office, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Harman Burkart, Chief of Lelling’s Cybercrimes Unit, is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Financial Fraud
Updated June 12, 2018