The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has reacted to the report of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States (US) on the arrest of his aide, Abidemi Rufai.
Rufai has been accused of defrauding the Employment Security Department of unemployment benefits of over $350,000 by the FBI.
Abiodun through his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, told the BBC that the position of the state government was that the law should take its course and Rafiu should answer the charges against him.
Somorin added that the state government has ordered the immediate suspension of Rufai.
The reaction of the state government came as the acting U.S Attorney Tessa Gorman announced the arrest, adding that he has made his first appearance on Saturday, May 15, 2021, in New York.
“Rufai also filed fraudulent unemployment claims with Hawaii, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania. Rufai used variations of a single e-mail address in a manner intended to evade automatic detection by fraud systems. By using this practice, Rufai made it appear that each claim was connected with a different email account.”
The accused was said to have mailed some of the proceeds of his fraud to the Jamaica and New York addresses of his relatives with over $288,000 deposited between March and August 2020.
“Since the first fraud reports to our office in April 2020, we have worked diligently with a federal law enforcement team to track down the criminals who stole funds designated for pandemic relief,” said Gorman. “This is the first, but will not be the last, significant arrest in our ongoing investigation of ESD fraud.”
Special Agent in Charge FBI Seattle, Donald Voiret, said, “Greed is a powerful motivator. Unfortunately, the greed alleged to this defendant affects all taxpayers. The FBI and our partners will not stand idly by while individuals attempt to defraud programs meant to assist American workers and families suffering the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.”