Two Nigerian citizens both of whom reside in Houston, have been ordered to federal prison for perpetuating a wire fraud scheme involving various internet scams, announced by U.S Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Idowu Olugbenga Temetan, 30, and Adetilewa Olamigoke Afolabi, 36, plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and three counts of wire fraud..
Temetan also admitted to one count of passport forgery. U.S District judge Sim Lake handed Temetan a 51-month sentence, while Adetilewa received 45-months sentence..
Both defendants were also held jointly and severally liable to pay $187,422.60 in restitution. As both are not U.S citizens, each are expected to face deportation proceedings following their sentence.
At Adetilewa sentencing, the court heard testimony from a relative of one of the victims who testified about the emotional and financial toll the defendant’s criminal actions has had taken on their family.
During Temetan’s sentencing hearing, he acknowledged his mistakes and apologized to the victims for his actions.
From October 2013 until March 2014, Temetan and Adetilewa used counterfeit passports to open bank accounts in the greater Houston area. The passports contains photographs of Temetan and Adetilewa but utilized the aliases of David Cole And Kuffour Duval, respectively..
Law enforcement has been able to trace at least $4 million to victims, some of whom who reside in Houston, that have been affected by this scheme.
The conspiracy resulted in the defrauding of one elderly victim of $3 million alone.