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EFCC hands Over $22,000 recovered from internet fraudster to FBI

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has transferred $22,000, recovered from convicted internet fraudster Hakeem Olanrewaju, to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

This handover took place on Friday in Lagos State, according to a Saturday by EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale.

Michael Wetkas, Acting Director of the EFCC Lagos Zonal Command, expressed satisfaction with the recovery and transfer of the funds.

“We are delighted to be handing over this proceeds of crime today. The EFCC is willing and always ready to do more,” Wetkas stated.

At the event, FBI Legal Attaché Charles Smith praised the EFCC for its efforts in recovering and returning the funds.

“The EFCC and FBI work collaboratively together, and it is thanks to the EFCC that we can recover funds of this nature, especially from Business Email Compromise (BEC),” Smith said.

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“This type of crime cripples businesses in the US, and for them to recover the money within one to two years gives hope to the affected companies and brings some level of justice, even if not all subjects have been identified.”

Smith emphasized the importance of the ongoing partnership between the EFCC and FBI, expressing hope for continued and enhanced cooperation.

“If there’s anything the FBI can do to support this investigation, we will do so. We appreciate this on behalf of the FBI and thank the EFCC.”

On August 15, 2023, Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, ordered the restitution of the recovered funds to the victim in the United States.

Olanrewaju had been sentenced to two years imprisonment for identity theft and impersonation.

This collaboration and swift action exemplify the effective partnership between the EFCC and FBI in combating cybercrime and ensuring justice for victims.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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