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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Nigerian fraudster admits role in $2 million fraud scheme

Nigerian fraudster admits role in $2 million fraud scheme Lailasnews

Adeyemi Odufuye, 31, and others involved in the fraudulent activity sent dozens of emails to the comptroller of a Torrington company

A Nigerian man, Adeyemi Odufuye, 31, has pleaded guilty to charges issued in connection with scamming a Torrington company out of more than $500,000, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

This does not include the funds drawn from the Torrington company. He pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and aggravated identity theft.

The FBI are still investigating the case. Other suspects remain unidentified or free of charges and one suspect has either evaded the police since the indictment or worked with the police in an undercover capacity.

Aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison. WIre fraud carries a 20 year maximum sentence. Chief Judge Hall announced that the scheduling hearing would take place on March 28, 2018.

The latter charge requires a two-year mandatory minimum sentence, the U.S. attorney’s office said. Odufuye is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in New Haven for sentencing on March 28.

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