Operation Wire Wire Cases
Operation Wire Wire was announced June 11, 2018 by the Department of Justice. This Operation led to the arrest of 42 people in the United States and 29 others in Nigeria, Poland, Canada, Mauritius, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Not all of the case details have been made public yet, so this will be the first of several Operation Wire Wire blog posts. What they all have in common is that they are all based on Business Email Compromise scams.
Case One: Okolie and Aisosa
Gloria Okolie ( 1:2018cr00029 ) – indicted in Georgia, arrested in Northern District of Texas on June 7, 2018. She and Paul Aisosa, both Nigerian nationals residing in Dallas, are accused of laundering $665,000 in illicit funds.
Gloria opened a BBVA Compass Bank account in Addison, Texas in the name G.C. Investments and Logistics, with a $100 deposit.
Paul Wilson Aisosa opened an account at First National Bank of Texas in his own name at a branch in Killeen, Texas. Someone using the email account firstname.lastname@example.org sent emails to an attorney in Augusta, Georgia, who wired money from a sale of property to Okolie’s BBVA Compass Bank account. Some of these funds were wired to Paul’s account from Gloria’s account.
(A Facebook account in the name of Paul Aisosa checked into Dallas in April 2016)
Case Two: Odofuye, Nwoke, and Adejumo
Adeyemi Odofuye (3:2016cr00232) (AKA Micky, AKA Micky Bricks, AKA Yemi, AKA GMB, AKA Bawz, AKA Jefe), is charged with a seven-count indictment in Connecticut for causing losses of $2.6 million, including $440,000 from a single victim in Connecticut. (We’ll call him Micky.) According to his Facebook page, and the indictment, he recently graduated with a Masters of Science in Information Systems Security from Sheffield Hallam University. One of Micky’s email accounts was email@example.com.
He is indicted in Connecticut along with Stanley Hugochukwu Nwoke (AKA Stanley Banks, AKA Hugo Banks, AKA Banks, AKA Banky, AKA Jose Calderon), who was a student at ApTech Computer Education in Lagos, Nigeria.
The two used a variety of custom domains to conduct fraud against an Austrian company with offices in Connecticut, including: veteranboats.org, messidepot.com, secondtow.info. With these emails, they requested wire transfers to Technix Trade SP and Weequahic Group Inc. Some of the funds were transferred to an HSBC account in Hong Kong.
The third party in this case, Olumuyiwa Yahtrip Adejumo (AKA Slimwaco, ACO Waco Jamon, AKA Hade, AKA Hadey) resided at 506 Hampton Avenue in Toledo Ohio. (We’ll call him Slimwaco.) Slimwaco used his firstname.lastname@example.org email addresses to communicate with email@example.com both by email and Google chat. He also sent numerous fraudulent emails to a company in Connecticut posing as the CEO of that company and causing five wire transfers to be sent “by his authorization” totalling more than $500,000. Other emails he controlled included firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. According to his Facebook page (in the name Adeola Crown Adejumo), he was originally from Ibadan, Nigeria.
The New Haven-based FBI agent who wrote the criminal complaint describes in detail the types of communications between the accounts, as Slimwaco sent a list of the CFOs of 100 Ohio-based companies to one of his colleagues, and another with more than 100 Illinois-based CFOs. In other exchange, Micky and Slimwaco chat and help each other build lists of officers from public webpages and corporate directories.
Odfuye (Micky) was extradicted from the UK. Nwoke was extradicted from Mauritius, the first extradiction from there in 15 years!
Case 3: Idris, Shitu, Nyamekye, Ibrahim, and Bolorunduro
These funds were then laundered by transfers of funds from $30,000 to $104,000 to various shell companies controlled by members of the conspiracy. Companies such as “Remy Tire Mart” and “Salem’s Market and Grill” and “Sea Gull Freight LLC” and “Stability Capital Group” all received transfers of the funds from BEC Scam #1.
Remy Tire Mart also received funds from BEC Scam #2. BEC Scam #3 also sent funds to Miken Auto LLC, Labor of Love, and OOPS! Nathanael Nyamekye, who took $5,000 in an account in his true name.
Case 4: South Florida
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from CyberCrime & Doing Time authored by Gary Warner, UAB. Read the original post at: http://garwarner.blogspot.com/2018/06/74-mostly-nigerians-arrested-in.html