EXPOSED: How Governor Abiodun’s Aide, Abidemi Rufai, Changed Name To ‘Sandy Tang’ In Alleged $350,000 US Employment Scam

Abidemi Rufai, the suspended Senior Special Assistant to Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, allegedly boycotted the United States knowledge system utilizing 10 totally different emails in 14 days.

According to Punch, a doc obtained from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington confirmed that Abidemi’s motion allegedly violated Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343 and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2.

EXPOSED: How Governor Abiodun’s Aide, Abidemi Rufai, Changed Name To ‘Sandy Tang’ In Alleged $350,000 US Employment Scam 2

“The Grand Jury further alleges that each of these violations occurred in relation to, and involved, benefit payments authorized, transmitted, transferred, disbursed, and paid in connection with a presidentially declared major disaster and emergency,” a part of the doc learn.

Abidemi Rufai has been in US custody since his arrest on May 14, 2021, on the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York.

He was subsequently charged with defrauding Washington State Employment Security Department of over $350,000.

The indictment has led to his suspension as a Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties to the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

Though he utilized for bail on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, the applying was denied, as his brother couldn’t afford the $300,000 “surety bond.”

The suspect is detained on the Western District of Washington, from the place he’s attending additional court docket proceedings.

However, the 42-year-old Nigerian had denied the prison fees filed towards him.

According to the court docket paperwork, the suspended Ogun governor’s aide allegedly tried to defraud the US company utilizing a Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted on March 27, 2020.

A timeline of the execution of the alleged fraud confirmed that Abidemi reportedly activated the primary e-mail deal with for the wire transmission on April 27, 2020.

Abidemi, who assumed the title, Sandy Tang, for the aim of the fraud, generated variants of [email protected] to bypass the US knowledge system for the wire transmission.

The court docket doc additionally revealed the identities of at the least utilized by Abidemi Rufai to execute the alleged wire fraud.

“On or about the dates set forth below, at Olympia, within the Western District of Washington, and elsewhere, ABIDEMI RUFAI, a/k/a Sandy Tang, knowingly transferred, possessed, and used, without lawful authority, means of identification of other persons, and did aid and abet the same, in that ABIDEMI RUFAI submitted claims to the Washington Employment Security Department using the names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers, of the persons with the initials listed below, during and in relation to felonies listed in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A(c), to wit, conspiracy to commit wire fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349, and wire fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343. Each of the following offenses was committed in furtherance of, and was a foreseeable part of the conspiracy charged in Count 1 of this Indictment,” a part of the doc added.

The doc confirmed that the Nigerian allegedly carried out the fraud through the use of the stolen identities of American staff.

“In so doing, Rufai caused and attempted to cause, the Employment Security Department to pay out federal and other unemployment benefits in excess of $350,000, and fraudulently caused other states to pay out additional benefit payments,” a part of the doc stated.

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EXPOSED: How Governor Abiodun’s Aide, Abidemi Rufai, Changed Name To ‘Sandy Tang’ In Alleged $350,000 US Employment Scam

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