Gov. Abiodun’s Ex Aide, Abidemi Rufai, Bags 5 Years Imprisonment For Fraud In The US

Date: 27-09-2022 1:24 pm (2 months ago) | Author: Bayo Nelson
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Abidemi Rufai, a former aide to the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has been sentenced to five years in prison for wire fraud and aggravated identity th€ft for his attempt to [email protected] nearly $2.4 million from the United States government, including approximately $500,000 in pandemic-related unemployment benefits. The convict was wearing a $10,000 watch and $35,000 gold chain when he was arrested at JFK International Airport in New York on his way to Nigeria in May 2021, according to The Associated Press.

The 45-year-old resident of Lekki, Lagos, was sentenced on Monday, September 26, 2022, by a federal judge in Tacoma, Washington. Rufai pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Washington, in May to wire fraud and aggravated identity th£ft charges, and was slammed with 36 months for wire [email protected] and 24 months for aggravated identity th€ft.

Judge Benjamin Settle, who issued the sentence on Monday, also ordered Rufai to pay more than $600,000 in restitution. Adding that the sentences will run consecutively at the U.S. correctional facilities in Fort Dix, New Jersey, or the Northeastern Regional.

“The motivation was greed, unrestrained greed, and a callousness towards those who have suffered,” the judge said. According to U.S. Attorney Nick Brown, “Mr. Rufai was relentless in his scheme to use the [email protected] identities of Americans for [email protected] He orchestrated ‘mystery shopper’ scams, business email compromise attempts, and filed fake tax returns to financially [email protected] individuals and businesses. But when [email protected] struck, so did Mr. Rufai. Whether it was hurricane [email protected] relief, small business loans, or COVID unemployment benefits, he [email protected] aid that should have gone to [email protected] victims in the United States.”


Posted: at 27-09-2022 01:24 PM (2 months ago) | Hero
- gogoman at 27-09-2022 01:39 PM (2 months ago)
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stupid boy.......... Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 27-09-2022 01:39 PM (2 months ago) | Grande Master
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- alexidwayne at 27-09-2022 03:57 PM (2 months ago)
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5years for a 2 count charge of fraud and identity theft to run concurrently is too small na?
Posted: at 27-09-2022 03:57 PM (2 months ago) | Gistmaniac
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- kp45 at 27-09-2022 04:45 PM (2 months ago)
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Good
Posted: at 27-09-2022 04:45 PM (2 months ago) | Hero
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- OmoNobaUku at 27-09-2022 05:04 PM (2 months ago)
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Hallelujah! His days of living large on other people's misery has been brought to an end. At least for now. How I wish they gave him a lifetime sentence and throw the key to his cell in the ocean? Sad that these are the sorts of people in the corridors of power in NGR. It is clear that he went there to also loot.
Posted: at 27-09-2022 05:04 PM (2 months ago) | Gistmaniac
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- askeria at 27-09-2022 11:10 PM (2 months ago)
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Quote from: alexidwayne on 27-09-2022 03:57 PM
5years for a 2 count charge of fraud and identity theft to run concurrently is too small na?
did y0u read the news at all, or you are just commenting for the sake of comments. the judge did not mention any concurrent sentence here
Posted: at 27-09-2022 11:10 PM (2 months ago) | Upcoming
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