The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC has arrested one of the suspected internet fraudsters indicted recently by the American Authorities (FBI).
The suspect, identified as Emmanuel Adedeji Oluwatosin was arrested recently by EFCC in Kaduna state and was yesterday paraded before newsmen in Sokoto.
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation have been working closely to fish out 57 suspected Nigerians involved in a large scale wire transfer fraud. The FBI released a list recent of 77 Nigerians wanted for wanton scam of many American citizens between 2016 and 2018.
The names of Emmanuel Adedeji Oluwatosin and 57 other Nigerians indicted by the US government over a large-scale scam were published on the FBI wanted list sometime last month.
The FBI believes that the 57 persons currently on the list were living in Nigeria, and had since forwarded their names to the FBI and Interpol.
According to the Zonal Head of the EFCC in Sokoto, Abdullahi Lawal,
“the suspect, Oluwatosin and his accomplices acquired retirement account information (RAI) and personally identifiable information (PII) of multiple persons which they used to wire funds into newly-created business bank accounts. The proceeds were then converted to cryptocurrency.”
Preliminary investigations by the EFCC revealed that about N1,437,889,157.15 (N1.437 Billion) passed through the suspect’s accounts.
Seventy million naira from that money has been traced, said Mr. Lawal and efforts are on to trace more of the money.
Nigerians have always toped lists of internet fraudsters and scammers arrested in the US, Europe, and in Asian countries