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Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by adenigga(m): 1:31pm On Jun 03
United States authorities have arrested a Nigerian for computer fraud in a scheme worth about $800,000 (₦328 million).

US Department of Justice (DoJ) in a statement said the Nigerian named Charles Onus was arrested for charges in connection with a scheme to conduct cyber intrusions of multiple user accounts maintained by a company that provides human resources and payroll services to employers across the United States, in order to steal payroll deposits.

DoJ said Onus was arrested on April 14, 2021, in San Francisco and detained. Onus was presented on Wednesday in Manhattan federal court before Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said, “Charles Onus allegedly participated in a scheme that stole nearly $1 million by hacking into a payroll processing company’s system to access user accounts and divert payroll to prepaid debit cards he controlled.

“As alleged, Onus did this as effectively as someone who commits bank burglary, but with no need for a blowtorch or bolt-cutters. Thanks to the FBI and IRS-CI, Onus is in custody and facing serious federal charges.”

FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said, “Cyber intrusions ripple through everything our society relies upon – this one impacted people’s paychecks.

“The FBI’s goal is to prevent cybercriminals from causing harm and holding them accountable, but we can’t do it alone. Companies need to continuously improve their cyber hygiene and awareness.

“Taking steps like training the workforce to protect and frequently change passwords, and to use different login credentials across platforms, can have an impact. Each one of us, from the individual citizen to the biggest corporation, plays a critical role in defending the nation from cyberattacks.”

IRS-CI Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen said the IRS Criminal Investigation will always work with the law enforcement partners to track down those who try to breach our country’s tax and financial infrastructure.

“We will continually endeavour to bring to justice criminals who think they can comfortably steal from victims in America while hiding behind their computer screens,” Larsen said.

Onus, according to DoJ, participated in a scheme to conduct cyber intrusions of multiple user accounts maintained by a company that provides human resources and payroll services to employers across the United States, in order to steal payroll deposits processed by the Company.

After Onus successfully gained unauthorized access to a Company user account, he changed the bank account information designated by the user of the account so that ONUS would receive the user’s payroll to a prepaid debit card that was under Onus’s control.

From at least in or about July 2017 through at least in or about 2018, at least approximately 5,500 company user accounts were compromised and more than approximately $800,000 in payroll funds were fraudulently diverted to prepaid debit cards, including those under the control of Onus. The compromised company user accounts were associated with employers whose payroll was processed by the company, including employers located in the Southern District of New York, according to DoJ.

Onus, 34, resident in Nigeria, risks a sentence of 10 years in prison.

One count of computer fraud for unauthorised access to a protected computer to further intended fraud, and one count of receipt of stolen money, each carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison; one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; and one count of aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison to be served consecutively to any other sentence imposed.
https://guardian.ng/Nigerian-arrested-in-US-over-₦328-million-fraudulent-scheme

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by Karlovych: 1:35pm On Jun 03
embarassed embarassed embarassed Charles Onus, he must be one of Tinoubou's students that keep embarrassing the country.

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by GboyegaD(m): 1:46pm On Jun 03
Our greed is irritating. To those who justify this act is due to poverty, tell me, why are comfortable Nigerians in diaspora involved? Is the poverty referred to that of the mind or lack of a livelihood?

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by Maxymilliano(m): 1:54pm On Jun 03
Onus, 34, resident in Nigeria, risks a sentence of 10 years in prison.

He is from UAR ... Nigeria is an understatement cool

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by gambia(m): 2:00pm On Jun 03
He should do the time.

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by Simplyleo: 2:22pm On Jun 03
Charles Onus explaining himself cheesy

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by Chidexter(m): 2:25pm On Jun 03
Mehn, that's a lot though. Cool 800k dolls, after several bombing and shit, is like na this phishing, ccarding and wire dey pay pass. Mehn no be small thing man eye dey see, steady hitting on vpain connection, in one timezone but cruising in another. Caffeine as friend, sleep na the foe. I'm out mehn

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by Blackfire(m): 2:55pm On Jun 03
Get rich or die trying



Does it worth it

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by eburuu: 3:26pm On Jun 03
Na them.....bifraud

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by AdolfHitlerxXx: 6:49pm On Jun 03
eburuu:
Na them.....bifraud

Charles Onuchukwu grin

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by AdolfHitlerxXx: 6:50pm On Jun 03
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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by mansakhalifa(m): 7:32pm On Jun 03
The Onus is now on him to prove his innocence.

No pun intended. smiley

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by ecomalchemist(m): 4:45am On Jun 04
That's a lot of quid though.
Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by DMechyy: 6:34am On Jun 05
To everyone asking where una dey see this money... This is where cheesy

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by chukwuibuipob: 6:34am On Jun 05
grin sad grin wink grin CHARLES ONUIGBO grin cool cheesy sad is a Developer CRIMINAL. 80 yrs Jail await the fl@thead baztard angry angry sad wink smiley embarassed. Useless pipu

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by Judolisco(m): 6:35am On Jun 05
If na good thing... Na African - American...
If na bad thing na African...
If na bad thing then you come from Nigeria... Na Nigerian
Pls stop dey give us bad name it's already bad don't make it worse... Some of us go still japa by d grace of God

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by Ewizard(m): 6:35am On Jun 05
grin grin

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by Grace001: 6:35am On Jun 05
Kilode na
Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by YoungLionken(m): 6:35am On Jun 05
Nice move!

Why not do fraud in your country?

This is one of the reasons getting a visa to such country is now very difficult..

You're among those making some people feel that the land is filled with milk and honey, whereby you get rich quickly in your first day abroad...

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by oluwasegun007(m): 6:36am On Jun 05
Point of correction he is not Nigerian,


He's UARian.
Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by Dottore: 6:36am On Jun 05
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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by aybabz101: 6:36am On Jun 05
Chidexter:
Mehn, that's a lot though. Cool 800k dolls, after several bombing and shit, is like na this phishing, ccarding and wire dey pay pass. Mehn no be small thing man eye dey see, steady hitting on vpain connection, in one timezone but cruising in another. Caffeine as friend, sleep na the foe. I'm out mehn

wetin this one dey talk nw?

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by aybabz101: 6:37am On Jun 05
something is really wrong with our psychosocial morals in Nigeria especially in the Southern region.

Nigeria is the poorest country in the world, but more than 80% of this poverty is housed in the northern region. but it bewilders me that most is these online criminal activities are perpetrated by youths in the southern region.

The most frustrating of all is that some of these youths who are opportune to emigrate to western countries are going there with a preconceived notion of criminal ideas of various forms.

so, poverty to me is not the major reason why our youths are heavily involved in cyber crime. It runs deep down......something is very wrong somewhere; and I believe the cracks are in our psychosocial morals.

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by ChiefSosa(m): 6:37am On Jun 05
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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by JubrinElSudan: 6:37am On Jun 05
Where US dey see money wey these guys dey scam? shocked from the days of Invictus Obi, you will hear millions of dollars, Hushpuppi, millions of dollars, Abidemi Rufai, millions of dollars. Now to Onus, still millions of dollars

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by djsjxjfjdisjdjb: 6:38am On Jun 05
GboyegaD:
Our greed is irritating. To those who justify this act is due to poverty, tell me, why are comfortable Nigerians in diaspora involved? Is the poverty referred to that of the mind or lack of a livelihood?

who told you they are comfortable?
Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by guru90: 6:39am On Jun 05
9ja and scam....... that country that colonised 9ja na confirmed scammer....

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by mazimee(m): 6:39am On Jun 05
Onus is not an Igbo for those already ejaculating on this thread

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by stinflame: 6:39am On Jun 05
So sad

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Re: Charles Onus Arrested In US Over ₦328 Million Fraudulent Scheme by goatgoat093: 6:40am On Jun 05
mansakhalifa:
The Onus is now on him to prove his innocence.

No pun intended. smiley
This is brilliant use of sarcasm, how come I didn't think of this grin

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