Three Nigerians arrested for theft of $1.4m COVID-19 unemployment benefit in United States




By Rhema Chibuzor


The United States’s intelligence and security agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has arrested three Nigerians for alleged fraud.


The suspects were caught after they were identified via security cameras attached to an Automated Teller Machine.


According to reports, the three suspects were said to have stolen $1.4m (N580m) of unemployment benefit from California, Arizona, Maryland and North Carolina.

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The suspects are Quazeem Owolabi Adeyinka,20; Ayodeji Jonathan Sangode,22; and Olamide Yusuf  Bakare.


Bank of America said that records show that about 175 pre-paid cards worth more than $1.4m with about 158,000 coming in from Maryland had been sent to the address of the suspects.


The Bank of America have records to prove that withdrawals have been made subsequently on different dates involving different volumes of money in which all three suspects were engaged.



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