A 57-year-old Nigerian enters a guilty plea to USD fraud

Apr 23, 2024 | Entertainment | 0 comments

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that OLUSEUN MARTINS OMOLE, aka “Seun Omole,” pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his participation in a widespread scheme to defraud thousands of victims in the United States and elsewhere of thousands of consumer electronics and other goods totaling more than $12 million. Omole entered his guilty plea before U.S. Judge Katharine H. Parker.

From at least February 2018 through March 2023, Omole participated in a criminal enterprise based in Nigeria (the “Enterprise”), orchestrating various scams to defraud thousands of victims in the United States and elsewhere of more than $12 million in consumer electronics, including smartphones, smartwatches, laptops, and tablets, among other items. The scams perpetrated by the members of the Enterprise included romance scams, online marketplace scams, and employment scams, collectively known as the “Fraudulent Electronics Scams.”

During this period, Omole owned and operated a business corporation named Tobylink Impessions, Inc., a/k/a Tobylink Impressions, Inc. (“Tobylink”), which claimed to be a distributor, reseller, and supplier of satellite communications equipment. In reality, Tobylink served as a vehicle through which Omole received thousands of fraudulently obtained goods from victims of the Enterprise before repackaging and shipping those items to various co-conspirators located in Nigeria. Throughout his participation in the conspiracy, Omole received and sent more than $12 million in consumer electronics and other items to other members of the Enterprise in exchange for the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars in fees that Omole charged other Enterprise members.

OMOLE, 57, of Sugar Land, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. As part of his plea agreement, Omole agreed to pay restitution in an amount to be ordered by the Court and to forfeit an amount of U.S. currency to be ordered by the Court, as well as various consumer electronics and other goods seized by law enforcement.

Congress prescribes the maximum potential sentence in this case. It is provided here for informational purposes only, as a judge will determine any defendant’s sentencing. Omole’s sentencing is scheduled for July 30, 2024, before U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman.

Mr. Williams praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and thanked Homeland Security Investigations for their assistance with the investigation.

The Office’s General Crimes Unit is prosecuting this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry J. Fang is in charge of the prosecution.

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