Six Ghanaians arrested in America for laundering more than $50 million in cyber fraud

Six Ghanaians arrested in America for laundering more than $50 million in cyber fraud

- Six Ghanaians have been arrested in the United States of America for their involvement in cyber fraud

- The six have been charged for laundering more than $50 million

- They were arrested in different states at different times

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Six Ghanaians have been arrested in the United States of America for their involvement in cyber fraud.

The six; Farouk Appiedu, Fred Asante, Celvin Freeman, Lord Aning, Sadick Edusei Kissi, and Faisal Ali have been charged for laundering more than $50 million.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation,(FBI) says four of the accused had between them controlled more than 45 bank accounts in which more than $50 million had been deposited.

Six Ghanaians arrested in America for laundering more than US$50 million in cyber fraud
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The $50 million had been deposited between 2013 and 2020.

According to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh, the six were arrested in different states at different times.

Freeman and Ali were arrested in New Jersey, Asante and Aning arrested in Virginia, Appiedu was arrested in Queens, while Kissi was arrested in Fargo, North Dakota.

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Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and a host of others announced the arrests of the six for charges in connection with their roles in a fraud and money laundering conspiracy based in Ghana involving the theft of tens of millions of dollars.

The crimes perpetrated by the Enterprise consisted of frauds, business email compromises, romance scams, and fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

The court document added that the objective of the Enterprise’s fraud scheme was to trick and deceive businesses into wiring funds into accounts they controlled.

This was easier as members of the Enterprise created slight variations of email accounts used by employees of a victim company or third parties engaged in business with a company to impersonate them.

A vast majority of the deposits consisted of large wire transfers and cheque or cash deposits from various US-based individuals and entities, the statement added.

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In other news, a Ghanaian man currently living in the United States of America has caused a stir in a viral video that saw him chewing snow like it was some delicious meal.

In the video sighted by YEN.com.gh, the Ghanaian man was seen and heard speaking the popular local language Twi, while walking through the snow.

He indicated that the whole place had been covered in snow like never before and said all he could see was a sea of white.

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