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Nigerian extradited to Mississippi in internet fraud scheme

GULFPORT, Miss.- After an internet fraud scheme reported in the Southern District of Mississippi, a ninth Nigerian national has been extradited from South Africa to face charges. 

One South African has already been extradited and anotherNigerian who was residing in Canada.

Officials at U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis’ office said Gabriel Oludare Adeniran, 30, went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Walker on Monday for two counts of conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud; along with identity theft, access device fraud and theft of government funds. He was also charged with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The indictments allege that a West African transnational crime enterprise was involved in financial fraud schemes all over the internet. They ranged from romance scams, reshipping scams, check scams, and work-at-home scams, to bank, financial, and credit card account take-overs.

“The Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Postal Inspection Service are investigating this fraud,” said an official with Davis’ office. “The case in Mississippi will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Annette Williams, along with Conor Mulroe of the Organized Crime Gang Section and Peter Roman of the computer Crimes Intellectual property Section.”

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