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FBI nabs Kenyan scammers who defrauded US companies of $3 million

One of the accused has been slammed with a 20 year prison sentence.

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Photo: Envato Elements/Joebelanger

The US Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has revealed that three Kenyan online scammers who defrauded several American companies of over $3 million last year have been brought to justice after they were arrested.

The scammers sent fraudulent invoices for a million-dollar school computer’s supply deal

Documents filed by the US Department of Justice indicate that three Kenyans, Robert Mutua Muli, Amil Hassan Raage, and Jeffrey Sila Ndungi, were arrested during the FBI’s international Operation co-Wired which involved FBI agents relocating to the Kenyan capital Nairobi to investigate the online fraud operations, recover money and extradite one of the criminals, while another was lured to the US, the East African reported.

The finance department of Fairfax Country in the US was defrauded of over $1 million when it received what appeared to be invoiced from Dell Computers in Texas with which it had a multi-million dollar computer supply deal for its schools in the county.

FBI: The fraudulent invoices requested that payments be diverted into another account

The fraudulent invoice asked Dell to reroute its pending payments, which were almost due, to another account in Ohio, Texas. However, once the money was deposited in Ohio it was transferred almost immediately to Nairobi using Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes.

Muli, a 59-year-old Kenyan immigrant from Ohio, Texas, also conned Vermont County government of $13,684.63 and the Detroit County government of $769,226.

The FBI sweep disrupted $118 million in fraudulent wire transfers to other countries

He is set to be sentenced next month, on October 4. Raage will know his fate on October 11, while Ndungi has already begun his 20-year sentence.

The FBI sweep resulted in the seizure of nearly $3.7 million and the disruption and recovery of approximately $118 million in fraudulent wire transfers involving other countries including Italy, Japan, Malaysia, United Kingdom, France and Turkey after Operation co-Wired was broadened globally.

-African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Lindiz van Zilla