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Thu Nov 28, 2019, 03:40 AM

Georgia man indicted in $6.5+ million dollar online romance scam and business email compromise fraud

ATLANTA - Nnamdi Marcellus MgBodile has been arraigned on twenty counts of bank fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

“Online romance scams and business email compromise frauds have increasingly become the method of choice for transnational fraudsters targeting U.S. residents and companies,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “In this case, a single victim allegedly lost millions. This is a stark reminder that users of online dating websites should be aware of such scams and exercise extreme caution if asked for money by anyone online or over the phone.”

“This investigation and subsequent indictment demonstrates the commitment the Secret Service and our partners have in aggressively pursuing those who commit online fraud scams,” said Malcolm D. Wiley, Sr., Acting Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office. “This case serves as a reminder to all, particularly during the holiday season, to ensure protocols related to cyber hygiene are observed.”

According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charges, and other information presented in court: MgBodile was allegedly involved in two fraudulent schemes, a romance scam that defrauded a Virginia woman out of more than $6.5 million, and a business email compromise (“BEC”) scam in which MgBodile and others attempted to defraud a Georgia company of nearly $350,000.

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga/pr/georgia-man-indicted-65-million-dollar-online-romance-scam-and-business-email

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