US declares Nigerian man wanted for defrauding New York State of more than $30 Million

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US declares Nigerian man wanted for defrauding New York State of more than $30 Million
US declares Nigerian man wanted for defrauding New York State of more than $30 Million

The United States of America has declared a Nigerian man wanted for stealing $30 million from New York State.

The 29-year-old Nigerian man, identified as Chidozie Collins Obasi, is accused of defrauding some hospitals in the United States of $31 million by selling non-existent COVID-19 ventilators.

The suspect is said to have perpetrated the scheme from Nigeria with the help of co-conspirators abroad between September 2018 and June 2020, according to a statement released by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) on Friday.

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Obasi and his associates are accused of obtaining more than $31,000,000 through a complex fr@ud scheme, the majority of which came from the State of New York.

“The scheme alleged in the Indictment began in September 2018, with a spam email campaign that offered phony “work from home” jobs. When a person responded to the phony job offer, Obasi or a co-conspirator posed as a representative of a legitimate company, often a supposed medical equipment supplier based outside the United States, and offered the person a job as the company’s U.S. representative with responsibilities including collecting on outstanding invoices.

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“In 2020, Obasi went further to pose as a ventilator salesman for an Indonesian medical supply company. Obasi allegedly convinced a medical equipment broker in the U.S. to broker sales of these non-existent ventilators, and ultimately deceived the State of New York into wiring more than $30 million for the purchase of ventilators that did not exist. He continued to target other potential customers with this same sc@m, including hospitals,” the statement read in part.

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