A Nigerian, Afeez Adebara has been jailed four years for romance scams and money laundering in the United States.
36-year-old Adebara was sentenced on Friday to four years in jail by a court in the Northern District of Oklahoma.
Adebara and his group of scammers reportedly defrauded multiple victims in an online romance scams worth over $2.5 million.
Elderly individuals, especially females across the United States, were said to be major victims.
Apart from being jailed four years, the court also ordered Adebara, who resides in Norman and Oklahoma, to pay $500,740 in restitution to the victims of the crime.
The Acting U.S. Attorney, Clint Johnson, in the charge sheet, said:
“Afeez Adebara led a group of money launderers who bilked unsuspecting victims out of their hard-earned retirement and savings accounts as part of a Nigerian romance scam.
“This con artist and his cohorts have been brought to justice thanks to the work of the FBI and federal prosecutors Babasijibomi Moore and Chris Nassar.”
Adebara, whose aliases included “Sam Ade” and “Alan Altman,” was indicted on October 10, 2019, alongsid3 six other named suspects and three unnamed people.
The indictment alleged that Adebara and the nine others conspired to commit money laundering in 2017 as part of a scheme that involved the use of online dating sites and social media platforms to fleece unsuspecting elderly women.
Adebara pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering on November 3, 2020.
Six other Nigerians were also connected with the case, court papers revealed, adding that they had been sentenced.
John Ogundele, 32, of New York, New York, was sentenced to 33 months imprisonment.
Paul Usoro, 25, a Nigerian citizen and lawful permanent resident of the United States residing in Norman, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, six of which were to be served in home confinement.