A court in the US has handed a 235-year jail term on three Nigerians for various online fraudulent activities.
According to NAN, Oladimeji Ayelotan, 30, was sentenced to 95 years in prison; Rasaq Aderoju Raheem, 31, was handed 115 years, while Femi Alexander Mewase, 45, got 25 years behind bars.
The Nigerians, who befriended many of their victims on dating sites, had made “tens of millions of dollars” from their schemes.
A court in the southern district of Mississippi had, in February, found the three guilty of crimes ranging from mail fraud to wire fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud as well as theft of government property.
Ayelotan and Raheem were also found guilty of conspiracies to commit bank fraud and money laundering.
The US department of justice said as far back as 2001, the scammers were involved in multiple Internet fraud schemes, resulting in losses in the tens of millions.
It said the three would “befriend women on dating sites, establish a romantic relationship and then either get them to send money or have them participate in fraud schemes, usually without the victim’s knowledge.”
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