In the Northern District of Oklahoma, a court sentenced the Nigerian, who heads a network of money launderers in an online romance fraud, to four years in prison on Friday.
According to court documents, Adebara and other scammers duped numerous people.
They were accused of defrauding people out of more than $2.5 million.
Elderly people, particularly women, were claimed to be prominent victims across the United States.
Adebara, who lives in Norman and Oklahoma, was sentenced to four years in prison and forced to pay $500,740 in reparations to his victims.
Acting U.S. In court records obtained by Oduduwa: Yoruba Group Plans Mega Support Rally For Separate Nation In IbadanThe NAIJAGENRE, attorney Clint Johnson alleged, “Afeez Adebara led a group of money launderers who bilked unsuspecting victims out of their hard-earned retirement and savings accounts as part of a Nigerian romance hoax.”
“Thanks to the efforts of the FBI and federal prosecutors Babasijibomi Moore and Chris Nassar, this scam artist, and his associates have been brought to justice.”
Adebara, also known as “Sam Ade” and “Alan Altman,” was indicted on October 10, 2019, among six other named suspects and three anonymous individuals.
According to the indictment, Adebara and the other nine conspired to commit money laundering in 2017 as part of a conspiracy involving the use of online dating services and social media platforms to defraud naive elderly ladies.
On November 3, 2020, Adebara pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering.
According to court documents, six other Nigerians were also implicated in the crime and sentenced.
John Ogundele, 32, of New York, received a 33-month prison sentence.
Paul Usoro, 25, a Nigerian citizen and lawful permanent resident of the United States residing in Norman, was sentenced to 12 months in jail, six of which would be served on home confinement.
Joshua Ditep, 26, a Nigerian citizen and lawful permanent resident of the United States residing in Norman, was sentenced to ten months in prison, five of which he was to serve at home.
Tobiloba Kehinde, 29, a Nigerian citizen living in Norman, was sentenced to eight months in prison, four of which would be served at home.
Chibuzo Obiefuna, 28, of Long Beach, California, and Jamiu Adedeji, 25, of Norman, Oklahoma, was sentenced to time served.