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NPA to oppose bail for 8 ‘online scammers’ wanted for fraud and money laundering in the US

The national prosecuting authority (NPA) has said that it will oppose the bail application of eight people who are wanted for fraud and money laundering in the United States (US) of America.

The eight, namely, Perry Osagiede, Enorense Izevbiege, Franklin Edosa Osagiede, Osariemen Eric Clement, Collins Owhofasa Otughwor, Musa Mudashiru, Prince Ibeabuchi Mark and Toritseju Gabriel Otubu, appeared at Cape Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning.

“This was a first appearance pending an extradition application by the United States of America government where warrants for their arrests were issued,” NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said.

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Ntabazalila said the warrants were issued in New Jersey and Texas and that the eight are charged with:

•Wire fraud conspiracy in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section (s) k1349;

•Wire fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Secrion (s) 1343 and 2

•Money laundering conspiracy in violation of Title, United States Code Section(s) 1956(h)

•Aggravated identity theft in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section(s) 1028A and 2.

“The accused’s fraudulent activities caused at least $6, 8m [about R98 243 884] losses to American citizens and others around the world. They intend to apply for bail pending the extradition application. The State will oppose the bail application as it believes the accused are a flight risk, are likely to tamper with evidence electronically and some are in the country illegally as their passports expired,” Ntabazalila said, adding that the bail application was postponed to next Tuesday, 26 October 2021 and Thursday, 28 October 2021.

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