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FBI MOST WANTED NIGERIAN SCAMMER! How 26-Year Old Nigerian Fraudster Wanted By FBI Over $770,000 Internet Love Scam Was Arrested.
In 2011, a 26-year-old serial internet fraudster, Olaniyi Victor Makinde who was top on the wanted list of the United States of America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI was arrested in Akure, the Ondo state capital by Nigeria’s anti-graft police, EFCC.
A source in FBI had hinted in a reports that Makinde who is also known as Olaniyi Jones and Andrea Bradley was wanted by the San Francisco Division of the FBI.
According to the source, the US government viewed the activities of Makinde seriously and as such had to send three FBI agents including a supervisory special agent and two special agents, to Nigeria to meet with their Nigerian counterparts over the arrest of the fraudster.
The fraudster was eventually arrested on September 6, 2011. The FBI agents were also joined by another official of the US consulate Lagos to obtain statements from Makinde when he was eventually arrested by EFCC operatives ahead of their request for his extradition to the US to face trial with some of his American accomplices in the serial fraud.
The Nigerian authorities reached an agreement with the FBI agents to prosecute Makinde in Nigeria before considering handing him over to the US government. He was said to have been arraigned before a high court judge in Akure on November 26, 2011, over a $620,225.04 fraud and later remanded at prison custody in the state capital.
It was however drama galore on January 11, 2012, when the 26-year old internet fraudster already in custody at the Olokuta medium prison, Akure, was docked again by EFCC, over a fresh $150,000 scam.
The fraudster, Olaniyi Victor Makinde, a fresh graduate of the University of Ado Ekiti, was docked at an Akure High Court presided by Justice A.O Adebusuyi on a 14 count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretense and stealing.
In his first arraignment before Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi of the same Court, nine-count charges were preferred against him also bordering on stealing and obtaining money by false pretense.
He allegedly obtained a total of $620,225.04 from two Americans: Marilou Sibbaluca and John Massoni in a marriage scam.
However, the accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges preferred against him. Trouble started for Makinde when investigations revealed that he had been defrauding several foreigners, especially Americans in marriage scams and related offenses, through the internet.
He was also accused of masterminding serious hacking practices against an American online payroll services company, Intuit, in California.
When the latest 14 count charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty to them. The defence counsel, Mr. A.A. Adetunji, thereafter made an oral application for bail which was successful.
The judge granted the accused bail in the sum of N20million with two sureties in like sum who must swear to an affidavit of means of livelihood and with landed property in Akure. He also granted the prosecution’s prayer for the accelerated hearing of the case.
The Judge added that during the trial he would not entertain any frivolous application meant to delay the trial and he threatened to revoke the bail granted the accused if there was any delay. He therefore adjourned the case to February 21 -25, 2012 for trial.
Makinde finished with second class honours in Economics from UNAD. He started his 419 heist early 2009 while he was still an undergraduate. He and other members of his gang who are now at large went to a dating site on the internet and started chatting with some American ladies and men who fell prey to their 419 scheme. Depending on the s€x of his victim, Makinde sometimes presented himself as an American woman looking for a husband and to make assurance doubly sure, he would download a beautiful picture of an American lady from the internet and sent it to the victim as his picture. If the victim is a woman he would do the exact opposite. This way, Makinde had been fleecing his victims until the game was up for him.
In some instances, he had presented himself as someone from a wealthy home and introduced a phony business to the victims and invited them to be his partners. Sometimes, he presented himself as an indigent lady needing help and support. With these kinds of stories, many people fell victim and lost thousands of dollars to the syndicate. But the long arm of the law caught up with him in 2011 when some of the victims petitioned the EFCC through the FBI. The operatives were said to have swung to action immediately and within a short time, he was traced to Akure where he resides.
He was caught with different incriminating documents and several fake identity cards bearing foreign names which he was using to defraud people. During interrogation, he confessed to the crime but added that he was not the only person involved and that the ring leader had traveled to Holland. He admitted that he collected only N2.5million from the proceeds and admitted his parents and siblings was not aware of him being a fraudster.
26-year-old Olaniyi Jones Makinde was a wanted man in the USA for being part of a 7-man criminal gang that stole $3.2 million from payroll companies and banks between 2009 and 2010, by using fake websites to trick people into giving up their online usernames and passwords. The other six are: Karlis Karklins, Charles Chidi, Waya Nwaki, Osarhieme Obaygbona, Marvin Dion Hill and Alphonsus Osuala.
When the activities of his gang were discovered by FBI in 2010, Olaniyi escaped the US and returned to Nigeria. He was arrested in Akure and moved to Ikoyi prisons in January 2012 where he stayed until May 30th, 2012 where a Federal High Court heard the extradition request filed by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation against him.
According to the FBI report, aside from stealing from companies and banks, Olaniyi also stole from individuals by assuming the false identity of a s€xy white chick named Brenda Stuart, and tricking men into sending money and their account details to him.
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