The United States Attorney Joe Kelly for the District of Nebraska, and Special Agent in Charge Kristi K. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI), Omaha field office, have announced the unsealing of indictments charging six Nigerian nationals for their involvement in Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the US Department of Justice made available to BusinessDay by the US Embassy in Abuja, the schemes included individual victims and victim businesses both in Nebraska and other states.
BECs are sophisticated cybercrimes involving electronic transfer payments or automated clearing house transfers.
The Nigerian nationals charged and still at large are: Richard Uzuh; Micheal Olorunyomi; Alex Ogunshakin; Felix Okpoh; Abiola Kayode and Nnamdi Benson.
“The indictments charge the defendants with one or more of the following violations of federal law: 1) Conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud, punishable by up to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000; 2) Identity theft and access device fraud, each punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000,” the statement said.
An indictment is a formal accusation returned by a grand jury upon establishing probable cause. The indictment is not evidence of guilt and defendants are entitled t