- Jul 27, 2015
Four men suspected of plotting to commit wire fraud and identity theft have been arrested and now face extradition to America.
It is alleged they conspired to break into US companies' servers, steal people's personally identifiable information (PII), use that info to file fraudulent tax returns to Uncle Sam, and collect victims' tax refunds. In newly unsealed indictments, the Feds also ordered the four to forfeit any property and other assets that can be traced to any ill-gotten gains. Nigerian citizens Akinola Taylor and Kazeem Olanrewaju Runsewe, along with UK citizen Olayemi Adafin, were arrested on November 30 in London (Taylor and Adafin) and Sweden (Runswewe). Another Nigerian, Olakunle Oyebanjo, was arrested a day later in London. Taylor and Runsewe's residences were also searched.
If convicted, each of the men faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for wire fraud, plus additional penalties for filing false claims with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), theft of public money or property, and aggravated identity theft.