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Two Nigerians charged in million-dollar scam in USA

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Two Nigerians charged in million-dollar scam in USA

A court in Los Angeles has charged 80 people – most of them Nigerian nationals – with participating in a conspiracy to steal millions of dollars through fraud, money laundering and identity theft.

They are accused of using business email fraud schemes and romance scams to con victims – many of whom were elderly – out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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US Attorney Nick Hanna described the FBI investigation as a “major step” to disrupt criminal networks.

Fourteen people were arrested on Thursday but correspondents say it is unlikely that many of the other accused will face justice as they are believed to be abroad – most of them in Nigeria.