The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested another Nigerian, Charles Onus, for his allegeded involvement in diverting $800,000 into prepaid debit cards.
The amount, at the current official rate of N410 per dollar is about N320 million .
According to a statement on the United State Department of Justice website,Onus was arrested and detained on April 14, in San Francisco and was presented before the Manhattan federal court on Wednesday.
The prosecution accused him of hacking over 5,500 company user accounts.
He allegedly participated in a scheme that stole nearly $1 million by hacking into a payroll processing company’s system to access user accounts and divert payroll to prepaid debit cards he controlled.
The statement partly read: “As alleged, Onus did this as effectively as someone who commits bank burglary, but with no need for a blowtorch or bolt-cutters. Thanks to the FBI and IRS-CI, Onus is in custody and facing serious federal charges.”
In the suit filed against him in court,Onus allegedly participated in the scheme between July 2017 through 2018, obtaining over 5,500 company user accounts through a cyber-intrusion technique referred to as “credential stuffing.”
After Onus successfully gained unauthorised access to a company user account, he changed the bank account information designated by the user of the account so that Onus would receive the user’s payroll to a prepaid debit card that was under Onus’ control.
It added that “From at least in or about July 2017 through at least in or about 2018, at least approximately 5,500 company user accounts were compromised and more than approximately $800,000 in payroll funds were fraudulently diverted to prepaid debit cards, including those under the control of Onus.”
This comes less than a month after Abidemi Rufai, an aide to Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, was arrested for fraud in the United States.
In 2019, promising Nigerian billionaire, Obinwanne Okeke was also arrested by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for conspiracy to commit fraud amount to 12 million US dollars according to local media reports.