Nigerian serial fraudster jailed for 2 years in US
A Nigerian man, Fawaz Olanrewaju Animasaun, has been jailed for two years in the United States for nearly $1 million fraud.
According to NAN, Animasaun, 27, and another Nigerian, Idowu Temitope Omolade were charged for aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, as well as aiding and abetting.
Animasaun was travelling to the US from Ghana when he was arrested in New York in November 2016.
Just a few weeks later, he was an inmate at the Gregg County Jail in Texas awaiting his turn in a federal courtroom.
Under a plea agreement finalised in May, he is serving three years in prison on the conspiracy charge. He is ordered to pay $930,737.60 in restitution to three financial companies.
Court documents show Animasaun will pay $135,989 to East Texas-based Austin Bank as part of that restitution.
In addition, the agreement states that Northern Trust Company is due $46,800 and UMB Financial Corporation is due $747,948.60.
Animasaun and his alleged accomplice Omolade are believed to be involved in at least 21 fraudulent wire transfers between April and August of 2012.
Other financial institutions affected by the fraud include Wells Fargo, UMB Bank, UMB Financial Corporation, Northern Trust and Northern Trust Corporation.
Animasaun was reportedly transferred out of the Gregg County Jail on June 28, in the custody of the U.S. Marshals.
Federal Bureau of Prisons records show that he is now in a detention centre in Brooklyn, New York, and will remain there until June 2019.
He could have received up to 30 years in prison for each count of the indictment.
However, Omolade is not listed as a federal inmate, and there is no record of an arrest. His aliases listed in the indictment include “Michael Chernick” and “Clickidonline”.
Animasaun is listed in the indictment with four aliases, including “Larry Hoover” and “Slim Husstle Olanraywaju.”