Damian Williams, america Legal professional for the Southern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, the Assistant Director-in-Cost of the New York Discipline Workplace of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), introduced in the present day that FATADE IDOWU OLAMILEKAN, a/okay/a “Fatade Olamilekan Idowu,” a/okay/a “Olamilekan Idowu Fatade,” a/okay/a “Idowu Fatade,” a citizen of Nigeria, was extradited and arrived in america yesterday night.  OLAMILEKAN was extradited on fraud and aggravated id theft prices in reference to a scheme to fraudulently acquire and try to acquire hundreds of thousands of {dollars} of medical tools, laboratory merchandise, pc tools and {hardware}, and different merchandise from suppliers of such merchandise throughout america by impersonating, amongst different people, procurement officers of U.S. state and native governments and academic establishments.  OLAMILEKAN  will probably be offered later in the present day earlier than U.S. Justice of the Peace Decide James L. Cott.  The case is assigned to U.S. District Decide Valerie E. Caproni.

            U.S. Legal professional Damian Williams stated:  “Fatade Idowu Olamilekan is alleged to have carried out a sprawling felony scheme to fraudulently acquire medical tools and different merchandise. Olamilekan allegedly recognized U.S. procurement officers, together with the Chief Procurement Officer for New York, to then impersonate them and use their credentials to request hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in tools shipments from numerous suppliers with out advance fee.  Olamileken has now been extradited to the U.S. for his alleged try to illegally profiteer from the worldwide pandemic.”

            FBI Assistant Director-in-Cost Michael J. Driscoll stated:  “We allege Olamilekan impersonated state procurement officers throughout the top of the pandemic and stole critically-needed medical tools that was in excessive demand and quick provide. Fraud can have rapid and direct impacts on individuals, and we stay decided to deliver those that commit it to justice.”

In accordance with the allegations within the Indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court docket[1]:

From a minimum of in or about 2018 by means of a minimum of on or about September 14, 2020, OLAMILEKAN engaged in a scheme to fraudulently acquire and try to acquire hundreds of thousands of {dollars} of medical tools, laboratory merchandise, pc tools and {hardware}, and different merchandise from suppliers of such merchandise throughout america by impersonating, amongst different people, procurement officers of U.S. state and native governments and academic establishments.  Particularly, throughout the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, OLAMILEKAN impersonated the Chief Procurement Officer of New York State in an effort to fraudulently acquire medical tools, together with defibrillators.  OLAMILEKAN engaged within the following conduct to hold out his felony scheme:

First, OLAMILEKAN engaged in in depth analysis to establish particular procurement officers of U.S. state and native governments and academic establishments to impersonate and U.S. suppliers of medical, laboratory, and pc tools to focus on as a part of the scheme.  This analysis included acquiring details about the present suppliers to the state and native governments and academic establishments OLAMILEKAN sought to impersonate and concentrating on these suppliers with a purpose to keep away from arousing suspicion.  For instance, OLAMILEKAN seems to have particularly focused a medical provider that was already offering medical tools to New York State in or to keep away from suspicion when OLAMILEKAN, who was impersonating the Chief Procurement Officer of New York State, contacted the provider to acquire medical tools.

Second, after OLAMILEKAN recognized procurement officers to impersonate, he used aliases and a Lithuanian hosting firm to register electronic mail accounts with domains that had slight variations from the legit electronic mail accounts utilized by procurement officers with a purpose to “spoof” or impersonate these officers’ electronic mail accounts (the “spoofed emailed accounts”).  The spoofed electronic mail accounts utilized by OLAMILEKAN often had the identical username because the procurement official’s electronic mail account however added an additional letter or frequent area identify to the area of the e-mail account.  These spoofed electronic mail accounts had been subsequently particularly designed to trick suppliers to impersonated procurement officers into pondering the spoofed electronic mail accounts had been genuine.  In complete, OLAMILEKAN registered and used spoofed electronic mail accounts impersonating a minimum of (i) eight completely different procurement officers of state and native governments in California, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont; and (ii) three procurement officers of academic establishments situated in Georgia and New York.

Third, OLAMILEKAN used the spoofed electronic mail accounts to ship emails impersonating the procurement official and in search of quotes for medical, laboratory, and pc tools from focused suppliers.  These emails sometimes indicated that the fee phrases could be “internet 30 days,” which is an ordinary time period of commerce credit score for presidency and academic entities that solely requires fee for the products inside 30 days of supply.  OLAMILEKAN subsequently impersonated the identities of procurement officers of presidency entities and academic establishments with a purpose to exploit this trade customary and fraudulently acquire tools with out offering any advance fee info or deposit previous to supply of the tools.

Lastly, as soon as OLAMILEKAN obtained a response from a focused provider, he offered the provider with a purchase order order containing the cast signature of the impersonated procurement official and an tackle for a warehouse situated in america for supply and storage of the tools bought.  As soon as the bought gadgets shipped to the warehouse offered by OLAMILEKAN, he sometimes had the warehouse re-ship the gadgets to a different warehouse and, in the end, from america to areas in Australia, the UK, and/or Nigeria.  OLAMILEKAN additionally coordinated with the warehouses receiving the shipments from the focused suppliers utilizing the stolen id of a minimum of one U.S. resident, thereby additional concealing his personal id and avoiding detection of his felony exercise.  As a result of fee was not as a result of suppliers till 30 days after supply of the tools, OLAMILEKAN was capable of take possession of the tools previous to detection of the fraud, which usually occurred after fee was not obtained by the provider inside the 30-day interval.

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OLAMILEKAN, 40, of Lagos, Nigeria, is charged with one depend of wire fraud, which carries a most penalty of 27 years in jail, one depend of interstate transportation of stolen property, which carries a most penalty of 17 years in jail, and 12 counts of aggravated theft, which carry a compulsory minimal penalty of two years in jail to be run consecutively to some other sentence imposed.

The utmost and minimal potential sentences are prescribed by Congress and are offered right here for informational functions solely, as any sentencing of the defendant will probably be decided by the choose.

Mr. Williams praised the investigative work of the FBI.  Mr. Williams additionally thanked Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Justice, Nigeria’s Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (“EFCC”), the Central Authority Unit of Nigeria’s Ministry of Justice, and the Legal professional Normal of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for his or her help within the investigation.  The U.S. Division of Justice’s Workplace of Worldwide Affairs of the Division’s Prison Division offered vital help in securing the defendant’s extradition from Nigeria.

This case is being dealt with by the Workplace’s Complicated Frauds and Cybercrime Unit.  Assistant United States Legal professional Sagar Okay. Ravi is accountable for the prosecution.

The fees contained within the Indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed harmless until and till confirmed responsible.

 


[1] Because the introductory phrase signifies, the whole thing of the textual content of the Indictment constitutes solely allegations, and each truth described herein needs to be handled as an allegation.



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