Ghana extradites Nigerian to the US over internet fraud, information theft

A Nigerian has been removed from Ghana to the United States over his supposed contribution to extortion and data robbery against certain casualties in Northern Ohio, and different spots.

31-year-old Blessing Adeleke had before been captured in Accra by the Ghana Police Service on Monday, March 14, 2022.

He is accused of 17 counts of prosecution with one count of connivance to commit bank fraud and 16 counts of bank fraud using an internet-based business.

As indicated by the US Department of Justice, Adeleke filled in as an overseer for a web-based store – Shad0w.info – between January 2014 and October 2016 through which compromised information, for example, credit numbers and personally identifiable information (PII), were sold.

He apparently imparted a portion of the details to other people, including co-defendant Kylie Ann Harlow who has proactively confessed to her part in the plan and was condemned the month before.

Per investigations of the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), it is claimed that Adeleke and others took Mastercard data and purchased things, for example, retail merchandise and gift cards for themselves.

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“The indictment states that Adeleke and Harlow shipped retail goods purchased with the stolen financial information to Harlow and others and, in some instances, returned the goods and gift cards to retail stores to obtain cash.

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“It is alleged that Adeleke and Harlow eventually forwarded the fraudulently obtained goods, gift cards, and cash to other members of the conspiracy for their personal enrichment,” the DOJ added.

The FBI proposed that Adeleke acquired “access to online victim bank accounts in Northern Ohio and elsewhere and transferring thousands of dollars to Harlow and other members of the conspiracy.”

Accordingly, the Ghana government, after the vital legal process moved Mr. Adeleke into U.S. authority on June 28, 2022.

On July 1, the Nigerian citizen firstly showed up in a government court in Cleveland following his removal to the Northern District of Ohio to have to deal with penalties for his supposed job in a scheme.

The U.S. Division of Justice additionally communicated its appreciation to Ghana’s Interior Ministry and the Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Justice for their parts in the removal.

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