April 23, 2018

2nd email scammer guilty in CT

A second man has pleaded guilty to cheating $1.6 million from U.S. firms, including at least $500,000 from companies in Torrington and Waterbury, authorities say.

Olumuyiwa Yahtrip Adejumo, 32, a Nigerian national living in Toledo, Ohio, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty Friday to charges tied to a international e-mail compromise scheme, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office said.

He remains in custody pending sentencing set for July 16.

Adejumo teamed with another Nigerian national, Adeyemi Odufuye, to con unsuspecting businesses into fraudulently wiring them tens of thousands of dollars, investigators said.

Odufuye was convicted in January on similar charges and awaits sentencing that could total more than 20 years, investigators said. Odufuye's scheduled March 28 sentencing was postponed and no new date has been set, a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman said.

According to them, Odufuye, Adejumo and their co-conspirators targeted chief executives, chief financial officers and others at American businesses.

In late 2015, Odufuye and others sent dozens of emails to the controller of an unidentified Torrington company. In them, Odufuye posed as the Torrington company's CEO and instructed the controller to send multiple wire transfers exceeding a total of $1 million from the company's accounts to various individuals and purported entities.

The company then sent five wire transfers totaling more than $500,000 to accounts in Virginia, Florida, Washington, D.C., and Hong Kong.

Odufuye and accomplices also targeted an unnamed Waterbury company as part of the scheme. Prosecutors did not say whether the Waterbury firm lost money to the scheme.

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