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US-based Nigerian, Adebara, jailed four years for romance scam, money laundering

Court papers showed that Adebara and other scammers had defrauded multiple victims.

They were said to have engaged in scams worth over $2.5m.

Elderly individuals, especially females, across the United States, were said to be major victims.

Apart from being jailed four years, the court also ordered Adebara, who resides in Norman and Oklahoma, to pay $500,740 in restitution to his victims.

In court documents obtained by The PUNCH, Acting U.S. Attorney, Clint Johnson, said, “Afeez Adebara led a group of money launderers who bilked unsuspecting victims out of their hard-earned retirement and savings accounts as part of a Nigerian romance scam.
“This con artist and his cohorts have been brought to justice, thanks to the work of the FBI and federal prosecutors Babasijibomi Moore and Chris Nassar.”

Adebara, whose aliases included “Sam Ade” and “Alan Altman,” was indicted on October 10, 2019, alongsid3 six other named suspects and three unnamed people.