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FBI Arrests Governor Aide Abidemi Rufai for alleged wire fraud of $350,000

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It was reported that the state government of Ogun state has reacted to the report that the federal bureau of investigations has arrested a government aide on the top accusation of wire fraud from a plan to dupe over $350,000 in unemployment benefits from the Washington state employment security department.

Govern Aide Abidemi Rufai

Abidemi Rufai

The Deputy Chief Press Secretary to Governor Kunle Somorin confirms the reaction of the government to the arrest of Abidemi Rafiu, saying that “the law takes its course and Rafiu should answer the charges against him.” CPS added that the state government of Ogun state suspended Rufai immediately.

Dis announcement comes as the Acting U.S. Attorney, Tessa M. Gorman, has announced the arrest of Abidemi Rufai. He has his first appearance in court on Saturday, May 15, 2021, in New York.

The hearing detention is scheduled to occur on Wednesday, 18th May at 2:30 pm.

How did the FBI manage to arrest Abidemi Rufai?

The Acting U.S. Attorney Gorman stated that Rufai was arrested in JFK Airport for New York on Friday night due to a criminal complaint linking to wire fraud of over $ 350,000 in unemployment benefits from the Washington State Employment Security Department.

In regard to Goman’s report, since the first fraud report came into his office dated April 2020, dem started to work with a federal law enforcement team to track down criminals who tuck away money destined for pandemic relief.

Abidemi Rufai: Who is he?

Govern Aide Abidemi Rufai

Govern Aide Abidemi Rufai

The FBI report says that he is a Nigerian citizen who also goes by the nickname, Sandy Tang. Now, the government of Ogun State has also indicated that the candidate serves as the aide to Governor Dapo Abiodun.

The criminal complaint states that Rufai used the identifying information of more than 100 residents of Washington State to file false claims with ESD so as to obtain pandemic-related unemployment benefits.

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It has been reported that Rufai has also filed false unemployment claims with Wyoming, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Rufai uses different email addresses to defraud ESD in a manner that fraud systems cannot detect since they use phony email addresses. Rufai makes it appear as though each claim was made from a different email address.

He arranges a system to operate money that he obtains from the fraud account he then wired to bank accounts controlled by “money mules,” or wired to online payment accounts such as the “Green Dot” account.

In addition, they have sent the money to a Jamaica, New York address of Rufai’s relative. It sure appears that more than $ 288,000 has been deposited into a single American bank account under Rufai’s control between March and August 2020.

The punishment for fraud involving wire transfers is as follows:

The person convicted by a federal court of Wire fraud may be sentenced to up to thirty years in prison if the offense has anything to do with benefits that the person receives in connection with a presidentially declared disaster or emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic.

It isn’t clear if charges will be filed in connection with the complaint, but there are still allegations that are being made.

Despite the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been a torchlight to the Washington Employment Security Department case with assistance from the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General (DOL-OIG), all involved agencies have maintained their anonymity.

In addition, the Social Security Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations also took part in the investigation.

Washington Employment Security Department said they had cooperated with the investigation.

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