Surely everyone has had that email from a prince, someone stuck in another country and trying to raise money or an inheritance windfall. Have you ever wondered who these people are? Many of them are criminal gangs involved in a menagerie of illegal activity and whilst you may have ignored that email others may have fallen foul to another version or another scheme the gang has concocted. Here members of a gang based in Nigeria and America have been foiled by the US authorities.
A court in Mississippi has sentenced three Nigerian men to 235 years in prison for running online scams that duped people out of tens of millions of dollars. Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan, 30, was sentenced to 95 years in prison today, with associates Rasaq Aderoju Raheem, 31, getting 115 years and Femi Alexander Mewase, 45, getting 25 years. A jury found all three guilty of mail fraud, wire fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud and theft of government property. Ayelotan and Raheem were also found guilty of conspiracies to commit bank fraud and money laundering, which explains their longer sentences. The three were part of a 21-person case bought by US authorities against an accused gang based in Nigeria and the US. Twelve of them have already pleaded guilty.