Justice James Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Lagos will on May 30, 2012 hear the extradition request filed by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF against 26-year old Olaniyi Jones Makinde who is wanted in the United States of America for alleged criminal offences bordering on wire fraud.
However, prosecuting counsel, Muslim Hassan, said that the extradition proceedings is different from the criminal case for which the accused was first arraigned and that the moment the extradition process commenced, the criminal case was dropped.
Mr. Makinde is wanted in the United States for criminal offences committed by his syndicate, which include six other persons: Karlis Karklins, Charles Chidi, Waya Nwaki, Osarhieme Obaygbona, Marvin Dion Hill and Alphonsus Osuala.
After obtaining this personal identification information, Karlins, Chidi and other members of the syndicate added fake employees to the payroll accounts of victim companies at payroll processing companies.
The Federal Bureau of investigation, FBI reveals that Mr. Makinde had two specific roles in the conspiracy. First, he opened bank accounts in Nigeria into which the fraudulent proceeds of the scheme were wired. He also used a fraud commonly known as “romance scam”, where he assumed the false identity of a young European woman online, to trick men into believing that they were having a romantic relationship with a “Brenda Stuart”.
Two America companies, ADP and Intuit, offered corporate customers the ability to manage their payroll accounts over the internet.
Among the “Money Mules” or “maga”, is one John Massoni, a resident of New York City .It was revealed that Mr. Makinde a.k.a. “Brenda Stuart” sent provocative photographs of a white woman and the victims were lured into sending their accounts details to him, thinking it was Brenda Stuart.
As part of the scheme in Brenda’s e-mail sent to one of the victim, Mr. Makinde often characterized the payments as necessary to help an ailing family member or to assist Brenda Stuart’s legitimate business activity.
Argument on the extradition request commences on May 30, 2012.