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Nigerian Man Jailed in US for Identity Theft Fraud

A Nigerian man Sulemon Arowokoko in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, United States whose lawyer said his criminal cohorts in Africa “took advantage” of him is headed to federal prison for his role in an identity theft scheme in which conspirators tricked 10 banks into sending duplicate debit and credit cards, then used them to buy merchandise for resale in Nigeria.

Federal District Judge J.Nicholas Ranjan sentenced 32-year-old Sulemon Arowokoko to three and a half years in prison, reports Nigeria Abroad.

Arowokoko and another Nigerian, Samiat Akinyemi, were charged in 2020 with conspiracy, fraud with access devices, and aggravated identity theft.

Arowokoko pleaded guilty in June.

He admitted that he was involved in a conspiracy to steal the identities of the bank’s customers in order to obtain duplicate debit and credit cards on behalf of the customers. Then the criminal group used the cards to buy gift cards, clothing, and perfumes worth more than $250,000. , Jewelry and furniture. Arowokoko sent some of the items to Nigeria.

U.S. Assistant  Attorney Jeff Bengel said the theft ring was sophisticated. One member used personal information about a victim and contacted the person’s bank to “hijack their account”.