The FBI has nabbed three Nigerians in the United States for defrauding the states of Arizona, California, North Carolina, and Maryland out of more than $1.4 million (about N580 million) in unemployment benefits.
The accused, Quazeem Owolabi Adeyinka, 20, Ayodeji Jonathan Sangode, 22, and Olamide Yusuf Bakare, were apprehended after being captured on security cameras of Automated Teller Machines filing more than 200 unemployment remunerations in four states (ATM).
According to Nigeria Abroad, the three were arrested for pandemic unemployment benefits fraud after using two addresses in Hyattsville, Maryland. One of the addresses is currently occupied by Adeyinka and Sangode.
According to Bank of America (BofA) records, the suspects received 175 prepaid cards worth a total of $1.4 million, including $158,000 from Maryland.
According to authorities, the monies were spent through purchases, transfers, and ATM cash withdrawals made in California, Florida, and Maryland. Withdrawals from ATMs alone totaled $989,000.
Sangode’s Hyundai was allegedly watched at a BofA drive-through ATM in Maryland, according to BofA surveillance. According to the indictment, the driver of the vehicle resembled Sangode based on a comparison of his MD driver’s license photo.
On or about July 19, 2020, an individual matching Adeyinka’s driver’s license photo withdrew $1,000 cash from the Landover Hills Bank of America ATM at 7515 Annapolis Road, Hyattsville, Maryland, using a BofA-EDD debit card ending in 2312 in the name of K.K., according to BofA records.
More BofA records show that, on or around July 5, 2020, an individual appearing to be Bakare based on his driver’s license photo withdrew cash using the 7990 BofA-EDD debit card at a BofA ATM located at 10200 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville, Maryland.