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Crime Updated: April 20, 2024

Nigerian found guilty in US for $12m online fraud scheme

By Adekunle Obas
April 20, 2024
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Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, has announced that Oluseun Omole, a Nigerian residing in Texas, has been found guilty of conspiracy to defraud American citizens through online schemes.

In a statement issued by the US Attorney’s Office of the Southern District, Williams revealed that Omole was involved in a consumer electronics scam, resulting in defrauding citizens of goods valued at over $12 million.

Omole was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment.

Williams explained that Omole was part of a criminal group known as “Enterprise”, based in Nigeria. He elaborated that Omole and his associates engaged in online marketplace scams, wherein they would communicate with victims under false pretences of purchasing consumer electronics. The victims were deceived into believing that the items had been paid for and were instructed to send the goods to Omole.

He added that the group was also involved in “romance scams, in which Enterprise members sent electronic communications to victims feigning romantic intentions, gained their trust and affection, and took advantage of that goodwill to induce victims into sending consumer electronics and other money or property to OMOLE”.

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The Attorney disclosed that the suspects were also engaged in employment scams, posting fake job opportunities online and demanding electronics including smartphones, smartwatches, laptops, and tablets, among other items from prospective employees as a requirement for the role.

He said Omole used a business corporation named “Tobylink Impressions” to dupe unsuspecting citizens of thousands of goods, adding that the suspect repackaged the products and dispatched them to his associates in Nigeria.

According to him, during the trial, the suspect pleaded guilty before Katharine Parker, the presiding judge.

The US attorney further said most of the fraudulent activities were conducted from February 2018 to March 2023.

“Over the course of approximately five years, Oluseun Martins Omole received more than $12 million worth of fraudulently obtained consumer electronics and other items,” the statement reads.

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“Thousands of victims believed that they were sending these electronics and items to romantic lovers, legitimate buyers, and reputable employers. Instead, they went straight to Omole, who repackaged those electronics and goods and shipped them in bulk to co-conspirators located overseas in exchange for the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of US dollars.

“Those like Omole who participate in such fraud schemes will find themselves facing prison time. During the relevant time period, OMOLE owned and operated a business corporation named Tobylink Impessions, Inc., a/k/a Tobylink Impressions, Inc. (“Tobylink”), which claimed to be a distributor, re-seller, and supplier of satellite communications equipment.”

He added that as part of his plea bargain, Omole agreed to pay restitution in an amount to be ordered by the court and to forfeit an amount of US currency to be ordered by the court, as well as various consumer electronics and other goods seized by law enforcement.

Williams added that Omole will be sentenced by the US District Judge, Jesse Furman on July 30, 2024.

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