Tamale 'Sakawa King' Maxwell Peter, others extradited to US for prosecution over $10m scam

Tamale 'Sakawa King' Maxwell Peter, others extradited to US for prosecution over $10m scam

- Maxwell Peter, a popular Tamale-based scammer is set to face prosecution in the US one year after his arrest over a $10m scam

- Maxwell, also known as 'Sakawa King', was arrested for allegedly duping some individuals and companies under the pretence of supplying gold to them

- He will face prosecution alongside his accomplices both in Ghana and in the US

Maxwell Peter, a Tamale-based cyber fraudster who was arrested last year over a 10 million dollar scam is to be extradited to the USA in order to face charges filed in the Western District of Tennessee.

Maxwell, popularly known as 'Sakawa King' was reported at the time to have, with the help of others, defrauded a US-based company of $10 million under the pretence of supplying the company with gold.

One year after his arrest by a combined team of personnel from the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), INTERPOL and Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), the 26-year-old is set to face charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to commit computer fraud, and aggravated identity fraud.

According to a report YEN.com.gh sighted on MyNewsGH.com Maxwell's accomplices in Ghana Babatunde Martins, 62, and Bernard Emurhowhoariogho Okorhi, 39, a Nigerian citizen who resides in Ghana will also be extradited to face prosecution.

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Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant of the Western District of Tennessee and Executive Assistant Director David T. Resch of the FBI are reported to have also indicated that five others including a Ghanaian were also arrested in the US for their roles in the scam.

They include: Javier Luis Ramos Alonso, 28, a Mexican citizen residing in Seaside, California; James Dean, 65, of Plainfield, Indiana; Dana Brady, 61, of Auburn, Washington; Rashid Abdulai, 24, a Ghanaian citizen residing in the Bronx, New York.

Maxwell Peter’s show of wealth and extravagant lifestyle is not new to residents of the ancient town as he is reported to have built and living in one of the much talked about houses in the area.

His arrest followed more than a year of investigations by EOCO in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) of the United States of America.

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According to facts available, Maxwell and his gang of 19 reportedly defrauded a US-based company and individuals with promise of supplying them with gold bars but failed.

The suspects between 2012 and 2016 presented themselves as gold dealers and succeeded in getting the US-based companies and individuals to release a whopping amount to supply it with gold.

Details have it that they sent the company emails containing links or attachments to malicious websites that infected their network. Important information was stolen by the suspects that helped them scam the company. Maxwell Peter and his accomplices were successful in getting the company to release the money, but never supplied the gold.

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