DOJ: Group posing as Memphis company ran $15M email scam through African nations

DOJ: Group posing as Memphis company ran $15M email scam through African nations

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Eight people were arrested for their roles in a widespread cyber conspiracy that reportedly infiltrated servers and email systems of a Memphis-based real estate company in 2016.

Prosecutors said the group used sophisticated methods to redirect funds to destinations in Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa.

The group defrauded U.S. companies and citizens of approximately $15 million since 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Javier Alonso, James Dean, Dana Brady, Rashid Abdulai, Olufolajimi Abegunde, Maxwell Peter, Babatunde Martins and Emurhowhoariogho Okorhi were all arrested and are pending extradition to Tennessee.

Sumalia Wumpini, Dennis Miah, Ayodeji Ojo, and Victor Okorhi face charges as well. They remain at large.

"The defendants allegedly unleashed a barrage of international fraud schemes that targeted U.S. businesses and individuals, robbing them to the tune of approximately $15 million," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan. "The Department of Justice will continue to work with our international partners to aggressively disrupt and dismantle criminal enterprises that victimize our citizens and businesses."

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