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Suspect Wanted By FBI For $6m Internet Scam Turns Self In At EFCC Office

Valentine Chinyem

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One Felix Osilama Okpoh, sais to be on the list of wanted fraudsters by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, has turned himself in to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over his alleged involved in a $6m Internet scam.

Okpoh, and his alleged accomplices, Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh, Alex Afolabi Ogunshakin, Abiola Ayorinde Kayode and Nnamdi Orson Benson were declared wanted by the FBI in 2019 for their alleged involvement in a Business Email Compromise scheme that defrauded over 70 businesses in the United States of over $6m.

The suspect is said to have provided over 40 bank accounts to his conspirators, which were used to receive fraudulent wire transfers from their victims totalling to the tune of $1m.

He was indicted in the United States District Court of Nebraska on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in August, 2019.

However, Okpoh on Friday, September 18, 2020, turned himself in at the Lagos Zonal Office of the commission accompanied by his parents, Col. Garuba Okpoh (retd) and Mrs Justina Okpoh.

According to Okpoh, while being questioned, said he decided to surrender himself to the EFCC out of respect he had for his parents and his resolve to be morally upright.