Ninth Nigerian Extradited to Mississippi to Face Federal Internet Fraud Charges
Gulfport, Miss – A ninth Nigerian national has been extradited from South Africa to face charges on a nine-count federal indictment filed in the Southern District of Mississippi involving various internet fraud schemes, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis. Previously one South African was extradited from South Africa and an additional Nigerian from Canada.
Gabriel Oludare Adeniran, 30, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker in Gulfport on Monday for arraignment on two counts of conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud, as well as identity theft, access device fraud and theft of government funds, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
This case is set for trial on January 17, 2017. Adeniran faces a maximum penalty of 55 years in prison on the charges.
The indictment in this case alleges a West African transnational organized crime enterprise involved in numerous complex financial fraud schemes over the internet. This mass marketing fraud includes romance scams, re-shipping scams, fraudulent check scams and work-at-home scams, along with bank, financial and credit card account take-overs. Potential victims can find information and a claim form on the website for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/mss/scams.
The Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Postal Inspection Service are investigating this fraud. The case in Mississippi will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Annette Williams, along with Conor Mulroe of the Organized Crime Gang Section and Peter Roman of the Computer Crimes Intellectual Property Section.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, an indictment is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.