A conman who cheated women out of thousands of pounds after convincing them an American marine had fallen in love with them has been jailed for six years.
Robinson Agbonifoayetan posed as a soldier online and defrauded two women out of £42,000.
But a 19-count indictment alleges Franzen was part of an Internet-based scheme to defraud others through work-at-home and secret-shopper scams. His trial date was set on a court calendar that starts Oct. Court records show arrest warrants have been issued for the others. The indictment said Franzen and Jeffers designed and made the bogus checks for distribution throughout the U.
According to the indictment, the scheme allegedly involved bogus checks, money orders and traveler’s checks and the purchase of “high dollar” items with fraudulent credit card accounts. Others indicted were Funso Hassan of Nigeria; Gary Melvin Barnard, Shawn Ann White and Michele Gayle Fee, all of Manteca, California; Anthony Shane Jeffers of Maryville, Tennessee; and Tanya Lynn Thomas of Reno, Nevada, and Turlock, California. Homeland Security Investigations alleges Hassan and others directed the shipping of counterfeit checks and the purchases and reshipping of expensive clothes, jewelry, purses, computers and cellphones bought with fraudulent credit cards. S., and Barnard, Thomas and Jeffers mailed fake checks to 11 South Mississippi victims.
Hassan was taken into custody on a criminal complaint June 2 when he flew into the U. Illegal proceeds were wired or shipped to others in Nigeria, China, Ghana, Haiti, South Africa, Philippines and the United Arab Emirates. Court documents allege customs agents in Los Angeles in 2012 intercepted bogus checks from Malaysia in a package addressed to Bowen Consulting at Franzen’s home address.
The indictment alleges the conspiracy ran about four years, from Aug. Each defendant is charged under the indictment with attempt and conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to commit offenses against the U. The same year, she allegedly received bogus checks from Nigeria in a package labeled “local soap and sponge herbs.” When questioned, Franzen relinquished 671 bogus checks written against various banks and 646 fake money orders, an HSI agent’s sworn statement said.
Emails link her to Hassan, who used a different name online, the indictment said.
In one email, she reportedly asked him to retype instructions for mystery-shopper jobs.
The indictment said agents seized more than .1 million in fake checks from Thomas’ home and about the same amount in bogus checks from the home of Barnard and White.
White and Fee are alleged to have used a fake ID to handle wire transfers.
Fee also allegedly received six fake identification documents and 550 bogus checks.
Ojosipe Adedayo, a 17-year-old a student and his 24-year old accomplice, Owolabi Ahmed, both MAPOLY students, have been arraigned by the EFCC for defrauding an American of a total of about N895,725.
Two students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Ojere, Abeokuta Ogun State, have been arraigned for jointly defrauding an American of a total of 00 (approximately N895,725).