14 Sep 2021
By Henry Pope, OCCRP, 13 September 2021
OCCRP — A Nigerian national living in Oklahoma was sentenced on Friday for operating a money laundering network that defrauded its victims, including several elderly Americans, of at least US$2.5 million.
Afeez Adebara, 36, orchestrated a Nigerian-based romance scam operation from 2017 to 2019, using online dating websites and social media platforms to snare his victims.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), members of Adebara’s criminal conspiracy pretended to be Americans working or traveling abroad. As they developed rapport with their victims, they requested money in increasingly larger sums, claiming the funds were needed to complete business projects or to help them return to the United States.
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