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Nigerian “Prince” Adereti jailed in US for passport fraud

A Nigerian man, Sobanke Idris Sunday Adereti, 24, has been sentenced to federal prison for federal fraud violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

This was announced by U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston on Wednesday.

Adereti, said to be a Nigerian prince, pleaded guilty on Oct. 25, 2021, to passport fraud and attempted bank fraud, and was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle.

According to court documents, in March 2021, Adereti presented a false passport and a falsely procured certified check when trying to open a bank account in Flower Mound, Texas.

The check was purchased by a fraud victim who was induced into sending money to Adereti, falsely known as “Robinson Elijah.”

He was likely acting as a money mule to cash the victim’s checks. When Adereti was arrested, he had additional passports and bank statements in other names in his possession.

Eastern District of Texas reports that Investigators determined that Adereti was also connected to scams related to business email compromise fraud and other government program fraud. Additionally, evidence showed that Adereti was the son of a Nigerian traditional ruler and entered the United States on a visitor’s visa in 2018, which has since expired.

“Scams to steal money are around every corner,” said U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston. “Thanks to the keen eye of bank officials, Adereti was apprehended. Unfortunately, many of these crimes target our vulnerable elder population. It is up to all of us to share this awareness and look out for our greatest generation.”

A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Adereti with federal violations on April 7, 2021.

-PM News

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