Two Nigerian nationals, Kinston Osagie, 53, and Roland Ighiwiyisi, 40, have been on Monday, charged earlier than a United States District Court docket to face a federal indictment on alleged conspiracy to commit cash laundering.
Osagie, based mostly in Los Angeles, and his sibling, Ighiwiyisi also called Roland Osagie, based mostly in Nigeria have been alleged to have conspired to launder proceeds obtained from victims of wire fraud.
The prosecution, in accordance with the indictment filed and obtained, is the results of an investigation by the US Secret Service, the prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Lawyer Mohit Gourisaria revealed.
The duo have been charged with one depend of conspiracy to commit cash laundering in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Part 1956(h), whereas Osagie was in one other 4 counts charged for violation of Title 18, United States Code, Part 1957.
Based on the indictment, Osagie opened no less than 18 totally different U.S. financial institution accounts between January 2015 and August 2020 which obtained roughly $6 million in money, verify and wire deposits.
Osagie and Ighiwiyisi are each charged in a single depend of the indictment with conspiracy to commit cash laundering from March 2019 to April 2020, a time interval wherein Osagie transferred fraud victims’ cash to accounts owned or managed by Ighiwiyisi.
Osagie can also be charged within the indictment with 4 further counts of particular acts of laundering cash from romance rip-off victims. Of those 4 counts, Osagie was charged with laundering a complete of $267,000 obtained from one lady who despatched cash to assist a pretend male persona named “Merry Mattias” she had met by way of Match.com.
The fourth depend costs Osagie with laundering $20,300 despatched by one other lady to a distinct pretend persona she met by way of the net platform Phrases with Associates.
Every depend carries a most sentence of 10 years in jail and a most fantastic of $250,000, in addition to three years of supervised launch as soon as imprisonment ends, the US Division of Justice revealed.
Based on the indictment, “Ighiwiyisi is proprietor and director of an organization included in Nigeria, banks at a Nigeria-incorporated financial institution, and resides or has resided in Nigeria. Osagie and Ighiwiyisi, in accordance with the indictment, mentioned their widespread mom who lived in Nigeria.”
Justice of the Peace Choose Jacqueline Scott Corley in United District Court docket in San Francisco launched Osagie on a $100,000 bond and scheduled his subsequent look for July 23, 2021.
Nigerian US resident, sibling charged for cash laundering