$350k fraud: US court sentences suspended aide of Ogun governor to five years in prison


A District Court in Western Tacoma, Washington, United States, has sentenced Abidemi Rufai, the suspended aide of the Ogun State Governor, Dayo Abiodun, to five years imprisonment for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

This was confirmed in a statement by the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington, on Monday.

The statement said in part that Rufai, “A 45-year-old resident of Lekki, Nigeria, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to five years in prison for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for his attempt to steal nearly $2.4m from the United States government, including approximately $500,000 in pandemic-related unemployment benefits, announced U.S. Attorney Nick Brown.”

Until his arrest, Rufai was a Special Assistant to the Ogun State Governor.

The statement also revealed that Rufai admitted a long history of using stolen identities to defraud U.S. disaster programs, including aid for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and file fraudulent U.S. tax returns.

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