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Nigerian man sentenced for using Mississippi bank accounts to fraudulently obtain $400K in federal loans

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A Nigerian national with dual U.S. citizenship will spend six years behind bars for illegally obtaining hundreds of thousands of dollars in government benefits through fraud schemes in central Mississippi.

Court documents reveal that 30-year-old Ganiyu Abayomi Jimoh, who was living in Texas, conspired with others to commit wire fraud by opening numerous bank accounts in Hinds, Madison, and Rankin counties using other individuals’ personal identifying information to fraudulently apply for multiple Economic Injury Disaster Loans through the Small Business Administration.

In August and September 2020, Jimoh received four direct deposits from the SBA totaling $439,500. At the time of the instant offense, Jimoh was on federal bond out of the Southern District of Texas. Although the suspect lived in the Lone Star State, he traveled to Mississippi on numerous occasions to visit different banks.

Jimoh pleaded guilty in November 2023 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. His sentence will be served consecutively to an undischarged term of imprisonment on federal offenses committed in the Southern District of Texas.

“The United States Secret Service is committed to investigating and pursuing those who aim to take advantage of victims while trying to exploit our nation’s financial infrastructure,” Kyle Smith, Resident Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service’s Jackson Resident Office said. “Thanks to the hard work of our law enforcement partners, this individual will be held responsible for these crimes.”

The United States Secret Service investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly T. Purdie prosecuted the case.

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