One Ismaila Fafunmi, a Nigerian has been found guilty at a Unites States District Court following indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] of crimes connected with money laundering, relationship scams and other fraudulent acts targeting American aged citizens.
He will stay 51 months in a federal prison in the U.S for the indictments, judged by Judge Karen Walden on Friday.
Justice Walden delivered the judgement in unison with the Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Carlton S. Shier, IV and the Acting Special Agent in Charge of FBI, Edward J. Gray.
The convict confessed guilty to the allegations in August 2020. Fafunmi is expected to satisfy 85% of his prison penalty, in accord with the federal law, and subsequently, be subjected to the surveillance of the U.S. Probation Office for 3 years.
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Disclosed in the court documents, the convict was part of a detailed strategy, pertaining to scammers in Nigeria who targeted Americans in search of courtship or provide fake federal donations to aged citizens.
In the documents, the convict, Mr Fafunmi conceded, in his plea treaty, to arranging profiles on courting websites representing American men mostly military Operatives. Each money forwarded by the unsuspecting victim was paid into bank accounts with forged initials, then, Mr Fafunmi would share the treasure with his partners in Nigeria.
A victim of this evil strategy resides in Kentucky. One lady had also spent over $200,000 in cash, gift coupons, and electronic gadgets to him. The convict, Mr Fafunmi had informed her, according to evidence by FBI personnel, Chelsea Holliday, that he wished to marry her but was deployed to Syria. The convict also asked the victim for the sum of $75,000 to quit the army. The victim drew a loan on her compartment and forwarded the sum of $73,000 to an account given by Mr Fafunmi.