EFCC extradites Nigerian to US over ‘$148,000 romance scam’

EFCC extradites Nigerian to US over ‘$148,000 romance scam’

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has extradited one Adedunmola Gbadegesin to the United States over a wire fraud scam worth $148,000.

Gbadegesin, who was extradited on Monday, is wanted in the US over an alleged conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering.

According to the EFCC, the office of the attorney-general of the federation made a request for Gbadegesin’s extradition following a court order to the effect.

“The offences contravene Title 18, US Code, Section 1349 and 1956 (h) and carries a maximum jail term of 20 years was extradited on Monday,” the statement reads.

“His extradition was coordinated by the EFCC following a request from the office of the attorney-general of the federation, pursuant to a February 11, 2022 Order by Justice D.E Osiagor of the Federal High Court, Lagos, in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/765/21, which granted a request to extradite the suspect to the United States to answer to criminal charges bordering on romance scam, wire fraud and money laundering.

“Gbadegesin who was arrested on September 2, 2021, is alleged to have defrauded an American lady living in Kentucky, United States, of over $148,000.”

According to the anti-graft agency, the suspect is billed to appear before a United States District Court for the District of New Mexico.

He is expected to be charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.