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US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by fergie0o1: 9:41am On Nov 25
A resident of Pittsburgh has been sentenced in federal court to 44 months in prison on his conviction of conspiracy, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

United States District Judge J. Nicolas Ranjan imposed the sentence on Sulemon Arowokoko, 32, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

According to information presented to the court, Arowokoko was part of a conspiracy that involved using stolen identity information to induce financial institutions to issue credit and debit cards on victim customers’ accounts. Over the course of approximately two years, Arowokoko used those fraudulently obtained credit and debit cards to obtain more than $250,000 worth of gift cards, clothes, jewelry, cologne, perfume, furniture, and other items. Some of those items were shipped to Nigeria as part of the conspiracy.

Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey R. Bengel prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and United States Postal Inspection Service for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Arowokoko.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by KingEverest: 9:44am On Nov 25
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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by fergie0o1: 10:11am On Nov 25
A Pittsburgh man from Nigeria whose lawyer said his criminal cohorts in Africa "took advantage" of him is headed to federal prison for his role in an identity theft scheme in which conspirators tricked 10 banks into sending duplicate debit and credit cards, then used them to buy merchandise for resale in Nigeria.

U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan sentenced Sulemon Arowokoko, 32, to 3½ years behind bars.

Arowokoko and another Nigerian man, Samiat Akinyemi, were indicted here in 2020 on charges of conspiracy, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Arowokoko pleaded guilty in June.

He admitted that he was part of a conspiracy to steal the identity of bank customers to get duplicate debit and credit cards in the customers' names. The criminal group then used the cards to buy more than $250,000 worth of gift cards, clothes, perfume, jewelry and furniture. Arowokoko shipped some of the items back to Nigeria.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Bengel said the theft ring was sophisticated. One member used personal information from a victim and contacted the person's bank to "hijack their account."

Once inside, the group asked for new bank cards to be issued in the person's name and sent to an address connected to the conspiracy. One of those addresses was Arowokoko's house in Pittsburgh; a second was a house where he had previously worked as a home health care aide.

From the fall of 2017 to the summer of 2019, when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security raided Arowokoko's house, he used the cards hundreds of times to buy merchandise.

"This is not a case where Arowokoko strayed into criminal conduct as the result of a momentary lapse in judgment," Mr. Bengel said. "Instead, Arowokoko systematically broke the law for almost two full years."

The fraud caused losses to dozens of customers at numerous banks and financial institutions.

"The result of the fraud was a clear benefit to Arowokoko: Reselling merchandise abroad is more profitable if it is bought in the first instance with someone else’s money," Mr. Bengel said.

Arowokoko only stopped when federal agents caught him.

His lawyer, Robert Carey Jr., asked for leniency, saying Arowokoko merely used the cards but wasn't the one who duped the banks into providing them or stole people's identities.

He said Arowokoko was born in Nigeria in 1989 and came to the U.S. when he was 19, first to Rhode Island and then to Pittsburgh in 2011, and is a trained mechanic and nurse with no criminal past until now.

Mr. Carey said the criminal operation originated in Nigeria, where American goods are in demand and fraud schemes are common, pointing out that the FBI maintains a website dedicated to Nigerian "419" schemes. The number refers to the Nigerian crimes code.

"Sulemon's connections in Africa took advantage of him," Mr. Carey said. "Initially, Mr. Arowokoko was sending legitimately purchased American goods to contacts in Africa. Unfortunately, the arrangement slipped into criminal activity. Mr. Arowokoko was provided with third-party credit cards that he used to make unauthorized purchases. His role in the offense was limited to entering stores and making transactions."

He asked for no more than 36 months for his client.

But the judge imposed a term of 44 months and ordered Arowokoko to pay $116,000 in restitution.

Akinyemi, the other Nigerian man indicted here, pleaded guilty in September and is awaiting sentencing.

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by FalseProphet1(m): 10:21am On Nov 25
The court in USA jails people of different nationality, why should that of Nigeria become news.

We are the ones destroying our own image with our shitty media.

This I have seen.

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by HeadNigga: 10:22am On Nov 25
Wire fraud everywhere. People have killed the conscience in them. #AllWayNaWay mentality

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by Inkling(f): 10:22am On Nov 25
Checking the names

With total conviction I will say the two coconut heads above soiling our reputation abroad are Yorubas.

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by praiseoski(m): 10:22am On Nov 25
When will all these end? Wats the excuse this Buffon will have for engaging in such and bringing shame to his country.


Leave Nigeria and go to a place with a working system only to engage in the same act you accused your leaders back home of.

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by maestro299: 10:22am On Nov 25
At the risk of coming off as tribalistic, it's as if Nigeria just shared everything among the major tribes:
Igbo: Drugs
Yoruba: Yahoo & Wire Fraud
North: Boko Haram & Religious Fundamentalism
How this country still manages to survive with all these societal ills compounded by massive corruption and wicked leaders is a miracle.

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by Loverofpeace: 10:22am On Nov 25
Fraud- Yoruba
Drugs -igbo
Terrorism-hausa-fulani

Nobody be saint


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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by wildikeman(m): 10:22am On Nov 25
The name says it all.. Excuse me, I have a flight to catch. grin grin

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by tiswell(m): 10:23am On Nov 25
Fair enough
Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by visijo(m): 10:23am On Nov 25
Back then nothing like feeding bottle �
They will just close our nose and ask us to choose between Akamu and death
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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by anambraamaka: 10:24am On Nov 25
Nsogbu di

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by donestk(m): 10:24am On Nov 25
Y/Muslim

#NCAN

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by BlackPantherxXx: 10:24am On Nov 25
grin

This guy's name sounds like OKONKWO.

Seun has outlawed NCAN here....no try me ooo

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by Jamesbiodun(m): 10:24am On Nov 25
Uhmmm, na vacation he dey go nah angry
Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by PointZerom: 10:24am On Nov 25
grin

If it's not drug it will be wire..wire or skull mining. The children of Odu.... at it again.

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by Dshocker(m): 10:25am On Nov 25
If i were the jury,i will jail them for 44yrs #SayNoToFraud

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by Asgard73: 10:25am On Nov 25
Those guys disgracing the country ..

Yoruba sef..

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by AsampeteNwaanyi(f): 10:25am On Nov 25
BlackPantherxXx:
grin

This guy's name sounds like OKONKWO.

Seun has outlawed NCAN here....no try me ooo
we can't allow bigotry to flourish on nairaland

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by BlackPantherxXx: 10:26am On Nov 25
AsampeteNwaanyi:

we can't allow bigotry to flourish on nairaland

Yes my friend. Seun made me a special envoy on that.

He's just stingy. He didn't pay. Na volunteer service. undecided
Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by oluwaahmed: 10:26am On Nov 25
Hafa that nigger slowmir undecided
Abi EFCC don round the nigher ass up?

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by AgentGoat: 10:26am On Nov 25
These sentences are too light. 20 years should be the minimum.

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by GuiseppeO: 10:27am On Nov 25
grin

Omo the guy lawyer ehn!!! I’ve always maintained Lawyers are crooks too grin :DMake dem check that lawyer.
What about his subordinates in Nigeria?

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Re: US Court Jails Sulemon Arowokoko For 44 Months Over Wire Fraud, Identity Theft by ifytrik(m): 10:27am On Nov 25
Skull miners association of Nigeria (SMAN) doing what they are trained to do, please add more 60years to his prison term

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