The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, has arrested two Nigerians for allegedly defrauding businesses and individuals of several millions of dollars.
According to the agency, the suspects, Gloria Okolie and Paul Aisosa, who are residents of Dallas, targeted companies and businesses who conduct online money transfers and have suppliers abroad.
The FBI also said the suspects intercepted and hijacked cash transfers from individuals, including many senior citizens.
It also said the suspects scammed a real estate agent through malicious messages.
“Following an investigation led by the FBI with the assistance of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation, Gloria Okolie and Paul Aisosa, both Nigerian nationals residing in Dallas, Texas, were charged in an indictment filed on June 6 in the Southern District of Georgia”, the FBI said in a statement.
“The operation also resulted in the seizure of nearly $2.4 million, and the disruption and recovery of approximately $14 million in fraudulent wire transfers.
”According to the indictment, they are alleged to have victimised a real estate closing attorney by sending the lawyer a spoofing email posing as the seller and requesting that proceeds of a real estate sale in the amount of $246,000 be wired to Okolie’s account.”
In another crackdown on fraudsters, the FBI also arrested about 34 Nigerians in connection to a series of e-mail scams.