The Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI on Thursday announced charges against 80 people, mostly Nigerians involved in a wide-ranging fraud and money laundering scheme that deprived of victims of millions of US dollars.
Federal prosecutors unsealed the dozens of indictments after 17 people were arrested and taken into custody in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the United States.
Most of the remainder of those indicted were believed to be in Nigeria, the US Justice Department said.
Allegedly targeted the lovelorn, the elderly, and small and large businesses, using a variety of scams to persuade their victims to send money over the internet.
“Some of the victims of the conspiracy lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to fraud schemes, and many were elderly,” the Justice Department said.
Two Nigerians, Valentine Iro, 33, and Chukwudi Christogunus Igbokwe, 38 are accused of cordinating the scams, fraudulently obtained at least $6 million transferred through illicit money-laundering networks allegedly run by them.
Iro and Chukwudi are other suspecs arrested in attempted thefts amounted to at least $40 million.
“Billions of dollars are lost annually, and we urge citizens to be aware of these sophisticated financial schemes to protect themselves or their businesses from becoming unsuspecting victims,” said Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office.
Here is the full list of all the Nigerians involved.