Investigators from the FBI worked for three years to put an end to a familiar fraud and money laundering scheme. Last month, a judge unsealed a 252-count indictment against 80 people largely from Nigeria. According to investigators, the group conspired to steal millions in the “Nigerian prince” email scam.
The agency arrested 11 people in connection with the fraud. Two individuals were already in custody. Six additional people are fugitives but thought to be in the United States. The rest of the indicted individuals reside outside of the United States.
The defendants sought out victims in the United States and around the world. In an effort to get them to transfer money, the conspirators pretended to be Nigerian royalty. They also posed as individuals seeking romantic connections. The scam targeted both individuals and businesses.
Two of the men arrested last month reside in Carson and Gardena. Allegedly, they laundered the money for the scam in exchange for a cut of the proceeds. Every named defendant faces charges of conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to launder money and aggravated identity theft. Some individuals also face additional charges for money laundering and fraud.
Carson Fraud Lawyer
When you face charges for fraudulent activity, hire an experienced fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes state-level cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. He takes federal cases in any US District Court.
Fraud charges often accompany other more serious charges like conspiracy, money laundering, wire fraud or mail fraud. Convictions on these charges can result in long prison sentences. Often, following the completion of a federal sentence, foreign defendants also face deportation.
When you face federal criminal charges for fraudulent activity, your best defense begins with an experienced fraud lawyer. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. He simply works hard to get the charges against them reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible resolution to their cases.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273- 5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County fraud case.
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