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$117 Million Fraud: FBI Arrest 35 Nigerians In Texas (See List)

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$117 Million Fraud: FBI Arrest 35 Nigerians In Texas (See List)

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested 35 Nigerians in North Texas, in fraud worth $117 Million.

They will face indictment for money laundering and wire scam that defrauded over 100 people nationwide.

According to the department, the defendants are accused of conducting romance schemes to defraud and steal money from older American adults.

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The defendants use alias names and trolled dating sites like Match.com, ChistianMingle, JSwipe, and PlentyofFish, to prey on vulnerable targets like widowed or divorced.

These victims are made to build trust with the scammers as they would pose interest by sharing a fake snivel story and then request a large sum of money.

“These criminals rely on victims’ isolation, loneliness, and sometimes their grief. The only mistake these victims make is being generous to the wrong people. ” Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah stated at a press conference announcing the charges.

“Once they depleted the savings they vanished into thin air.

“Romance scams are often difficult to prosecute because victims are often embarrassed, feel duped, and don’t want to come forward.

Shah encourages victims to come forward and reassure them that the scams are more common than one might think — more than 20,000 people lost $600 million in romance scams in 2020

Eleven of the arrests were made in the Northern District of Texas while 24 arrests were made in the Eastern District of Texas.

Nigerians Charged in the Northern District of Texas ;

  1. David Animashaun, 38 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracy.
  2. Oluwalobamise Michael Moses, 40 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracy
  3. Irabor Fatarr Musa, 51 – arrested in the Eastern District of Texas, charged by the Northern District of Texas wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy
  4. Ijeoma Okoro, 31 – arrested in DFW, wire fraud conspiracy fraud, money laundering conspiracy
  5. Chukwemeka Orji, 36 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy
  6. Emanuel Stanley Orji, 35 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracy
  7. Frederick Orji, 37 – arrested in Dallas, charged with wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy
  8. Uwadiale Esezobor, 36 – arrested in Lubbock, charged with mail & wire fraud conspiracy
  9. Victor Idowu, 36 – arrested in Los Angeles, charged with mail & wire fraud conspiracy
  10. Afeez Abiola Alao, 37 – wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy
  11. Ambrose Sunday Ohide, 47 – wire fraud conspiracy

All of the defendants named are innocent until proven guilty. If convicted, the defendants face up 20 years in federal prison on the wire fraud conspiracy counts and up to 10 years in federal prison on the money laundering conspiracy counts.

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South Korea to pardon Samsung’s Lee, other corporate giants

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The justice minister of South Korea announced on Friday that the country’s president would commute the one-year sentence of Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong for bribing a president as part of a huge corruption scandal that brought down her government.

Shin Dong-bin, the chairman of the Lotte Group, and two other prominent corporate figures will also receive pardons, continuing a tradition in South Korea of leniency toward business tycoons and serious white-collar offenses. They are among the 1,700 individuals. On Monday, a national holiday honoring Korea’s independence from Japanese colonial authority at the end of World War II, President Yoon Suk Yeol will grant pardons.

The pardon of Lee highlights Samsung’s enormous sway over a nation that depends on its exports of technology. He was found guilty of buying backing from the government for a 2015 merger between two Samsung affiliates that tightened Lee’s influence over the business empire by bribing Park Geun-hye, the country’s then-president, and a close ally of hers, who were both given longer prison sentences.

On comparable charges of bribing Park, Lotte’s Shin was given a suspended prison sentence in 2018; in December, the then-President Moon Jae-in commuted the sentence. Kang Duk-soo, the former chairman of STX Group, and Chang Sae-joo, the head of Dongkuk Steel Mill, are two more businessmen who will receive pardons.

The pardons of the business tycoons, according to Justice Minister Han Dong-hoon, were intended to “overcome the economic crisis through stimulating commercial activity.” Yoon previously told reporters that his pardons might assist provide struggling domestic livelihoods “breathing room.”

As vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, one of the biggest producers of computer memory chips and cellphones in the world, Lee, 54, oversees the Samsung group. When he was released on parole by Moon’s administration in August of last year, he still had one year left on his 30-month term. The government subsequently defended its choice by citing unnamed worries about the economy and the COVID-19 outbreak.

On charges of stock price manipulation and auditing irregularities connected to the 2015 merger, Lee is still facing a separate trial.

As evidence of Samsung’s sway in a nation where it provides people with smartphones, TVs, credit cards, the apartments they live in, and the hospitals where they are born or die, opinion polls have shown that South Koreans – years removed from the enraged protests that forced Park out of office in 2017 – largely supported granting Lee a pardon.

Lee’s pardon, according to business leaders and legislators, would fully restore his rights to oversee the multinational corporation, enabling Samsung to be more daring and swift in its commercial judgments. According to South Korean legislation, those convicted of serious financial crimes are prohibited from working for five years after serving their sentences.

Critics say Lee has always been in control of Samsung, even when he was behind bars, and pretty much fully resumed his management duties following his parole. Former Justice Minister Park Beom-kye, who served under the Moon government, had defended Lee’s involvement in Samsung’s management following his parole, insisting that his activities weren’t in violation of the five-year ban because the billionaire heir wasn’t receiving wages from Samsung. Park Geun-hye was convicted of a broad range of corruption crimes, including colluding with her longtime confidante, Choi Soon-sil, to take millions of dollars in bribes and extortion from Samsung and other major companies while she was in office. She faced a prison term of more than two decades before Moon pardoned her in December, citing a need to promote unity in the politically divided nation. Chang was released on parole in 2018 with about six months left on a 3 1/2 year prison term over charges that he embezzled millions of dollars in corporate funds and used some of it to gamble in Las Vegas. South Korea’s Supreme Court last year confirmed a suspended prison sentence for Kang, who headed STX from 2003 to 2014, on charges of embezzling corporate funds and other crimes.

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UN chief issues warning as Ukraine nuclear plant shelled again

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The head of the UN has demanded an immediate cease to all military operations near the largest nuclear power facility in Europe, which is located in southeast Ukraine, as Moscow and Kyiv traded accusations of increased shelling.

The Zaporizhzhia complex was hit five times on Thursday, according to Ukraine’s Energoatom agency, including close to where radioactive materials are stored.

According to the Russian TASS news agency, authorities selected by Russia claimed that Ukraine bombarded the plant twice, preventing a shift change.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement prior to a UN Security Council meeting requested by Russia in which he cautioned that any harm might have “catastrophic consequences” in the area and elsewhere.

“The facility must not be used as part of any military operation. Instead, urgent agreement is needed at a technical level on a safe perimeter of demilitarisation to ensure the safety of the area,” Guterres said in a statement.

The military activity around Zaporizhzhia, according to UN nuclear chief Rafael Grossi, is “very alarming.” He urged Ukraine and Russia to grant nuclear experts access to the complex right away in order to assess damage and assess safety and security because the situation had “been deteriorating very rapidly.”

The shelling and several explosions at Zaporizhzhia last Friday forced the shutdown of the electrical power transformer and two backup transformers, which resulted in the shutdown of one of the nuclear reactors, according to Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He had already issued a warning that the situation in Zaporizhzhia, which Russia captured in March shortly after its invasion on February 24th, was becoming more and more dangerous every day.

Although Russia is in control of the facility in southeast Ukraine, it is still run by Ukrainian employees.

The United States supported Grossi’s assertion that the assertions from Russia and Ukraine were “often disputed” and that the IAEA’s specialists needed to visit the site in order to verify the facts.

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World Cup set to start a day earlier than scheduled to allow Qatar to play first

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The Qatar World Cup is set to start a day earlier than scheduled to enable the host nation to be the opening game of the tournament, numerous reports claim.

FIFA has been considering proposals to allow Qatar to kick off against Ecuador on Sunday 20 November and being the only fixture that day rather than being the third game on the Monday.

The final ratification of the fixture switch needs to come from the FIFA Bureau, which is led by the governing body’s president and also features the six heads of football’s regional confederations.

It would allow the Netherlands game against Senegal, which is also in Group A, to move from a lunchtime kick-off on Monday, 21 November to an evening slot.

England’s game against Iran would remain the second game of the tournament in Group B, being played in the afternoon of 21 November.

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