Nigerian ‘big boy’, Abidemi Rufai has been slapped with a series of court charges.
This was announced by Acting U.S. Attorney, Tessa M. Gorman and as we speak, he has now been indicted for conspiracy, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
He was believed to have put up a scheme to steal over $350,000 in unemployment benefits from the Washington State Employment Security Department.
The guy who has the nickname, Sandy Tang is currently detained at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York with prosecutors asking the U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle to order Rufai detained and transported to the Western District of Washington for arraignment on the indictment.
He has now been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, nine counts of wire fraud, and five counts of aggravated identity theft.
It has been also alleged that he used the stolen identities of more than 100 Washington residents to file fraudulent claims with ESD during the pandemic period in order to receive pandemic-related unemployment benefits.
Per what we gathered, he also filed fraudulent unemployment claims with Hawaii, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania.
He reportedly used variations of a single e-mail address in a manner intended to evade the automatic detection by fraud systems.