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General News of Monday, 12 September 2022


Reactions as US declares Nigerian man wanted for defrauding New York of $30m

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The news of a Nigerian man being declared wanted for fraud by the U.S authorities has generated mixed reactions on social media.

The 29-year-old man who is identified as Chidozie Collins Obasi is accused of allegedly defrauding US hospitals of $31 million by offering non-existent COVID-19 ventilators for sale.

This was made public in a statement by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) on Friday, September 9.

According to the statement, Obasi and his accomplices allegedly received more than $31,000,000 through a complicated fraud scheme, the majority coming from the State of New York.

It added that the suspect perpetrated the scheme from Nigeria with the support of co-conspirators abroad between September 2018 and June 2020.

This is not the first time Nigerians have been caught in such schemes.

Recall that in 2020, Obinwanne Okeke popularly referred to as ‘Invictus Obi’ a celebrated entrepreneur was held in the US since August 2019 on charges of computer and wire fraud, changed his not guilty plea to guilty, the US Department of Justice said in a statement.

After making a plea in a Norfolk Magistrate Court Room 2 in the US district court for Eastern District of Virginia, he formally pleaded guilty for charges relating to $11 million (N4.2 billion) computer-based fraud transacted between 2015 and 2019.

The trial judge has since certified the plea paving the way for sentencing.

Nigerians are reacting

Goodness Sopuruchi Jacobs said: These set are the ones who make genuine hustlers abroad look stingy and stupid in eyes of lazy entitled relatives. Fish them out and prosecute them.

Obialo Ugwunna commented: Nawaooooo, entire new York city. so oyibo people their mumu don reach this level. is like I go enter Los Angeles to know how far.

Okechukwu Aleke wrote: America stole more than that from us and they are still stealing from us till date. There's nothing wrong in taking back what originally belongs to you.

Samuel Kalu wrote: Have ever quantified the amount of money the European stole and are still stealing from Africa? Not that am supporting fraud, but remember, "do to others as you would like them to do to you" They stole from Africa and Africans, like Husspopi is taking back from them in in a different way and you are insulting Igbo people. Well done.

Ese Gift commented: Nigerians are the enemy of Nigeria, some fools are here pointing finger at a particular tribe as if we are not longer one Nigeria

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