Credit Card Fraudsters Purchased Fake Identities For Computer Hackers, Hudson County Prosecutor Says

By Anthony J. Machcinski/The Jersey Journal

Some 32 people, including a Hudson County jail nurse, have been arrested in a multimillion, multi-state identity theft and credit card fraud ring.

The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office first got involved in the investigation in the early fall of 2012, when they received numerous complaints from victims as far away as California claiming that credit cards in their name made fraudulent retail purchases in Hudson County, officials said today.

Using store video and physical surveillance, the detectives were able to identify several suspects, authorities state. Detectives then linked those suspects to hundreds of other accounts and millions of dollars in phony transactions.

The leaders of the group, authorities say, purchased the identities of unsuspecting victims from online brokers, who got the information from computer hackers across the United States.

In a process known as "punching," electronic account information from the cards' magnetic strips would be transferred onto counterfeit cards, which were provided to "strikers" who conducted the purchases at retailers all over the Eastern Seaboard, authorities say.

Teams of strikers purchased retail gift cards that were then used to purchase various electronic items, authorities say. Those items were then sold in bulk to fences in New York and New Jersey, authorities say. The fence would then sell the items to other people for cash payments.

The investigation has identified nearly 1,000 victims across the country and millions of dollars in phony transactions, authorities say.

Authorities say the suspects spent the proceeds on luxury cars, high-end jewelry and other lavish expenses. Some of the money was additionally sent to accounts in Nigeria, authorities say.

Acting Hudson County Prosecutor Guy Gregory commended a long list of agencies that were involved in the take down, saying, "The operation could not have succeeded without their assistance."

Defendants charged with money laundering, theft by deception, wrongful impersonation and conspiracy include: Bolaji Ola, 30, of Sayreville; Olamide Otti, 27, of Queens; Akintunde Adeyemi, 28, of East Orange; David Brown, 27, of Parlin; Adegbola Adedeji, 31, of Parlin; Oluwaseun Jato, 23, of Hillside; Oluwasola Diji, 31, of Westbury, NY; Oladapo Araromi, 26, of Elizabeth; and Bertrand Ahaneku, 25, of South Orange.

Those charged with theft by deception, wrongful impersonation, and conspiracy include: Oluwaseun Adekoya, 25, of Sewaren; Henry Abdul, 25, of Union; Babatunde Oyefeso, 27, Union; Michael Assih, 24, of East Orange; John Orubo, 32, of Brooklyn; Idris Soyemi, 25, of Brooklyn; Imrahim Akaba, 23, of Piscataway; Vladimir Francois, 27, of Newark; Yves Desir, 29, of Irvington; Aglaide Alzuphar, 23, of Newark; Kossi Klutse, 25, of Newark; Evon Morris, 23, of East Orange; Fontessa Foreman, 27, of Newark; Olutoye Babatunde, 22, of Plainfield; Olukayode Adeosun, 30, of Newark; Gologo Benshaw, 25, of Newark; Olushola Ayeni, 31, of Brooklyn; Orwells Oyakhire, 24, of Maplewood.

Oladayo Araromi, 26, of Linden and Olujimi Williams, 24 of Hillside were charged with conspiracy. Matthew Sabo, 29, of Sayreville and Vijay Shah, 24, of Springfield, are charged with fencing, conspiracy, and receiving stolen property.

Oladayo Araromi, a nurse at Hudson County jail making $79,298, has been suspended without pay, Hudson County spokesman Jim Kennelly said today.

Of the 32 arrested, 24 appeared in Central Judicial Processing court this afternoon. Bail was set for those who appeared by Hudson County Superior Court Judge Joseph Isabella prior to their court appearance.

More arrests are expected, said Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Gene Rubino.

 

 

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Problems

Fake identities are real worry for law enforcement forces.People use fake identities for illegal immigration, and for illegal activities. Its time to aware the public that how they can increase their identity stealing protection. After that its much needed to update the databases all over the states how many people are dead in this way this problem may can be solved.

I can't believe that! Don't

I can't believe that! Don't like the idea of my credit card details being placed in the hands of these guys :| Hopefully justice will be served there...

Lesson for the bad guys among us

Chances are these young Nigerians had easy entries into this county, otherwise the pain of penalty would have scared them off.

There is an American mother whose FIVE YOUNG SONS are fighting in Afghanistan. Yet these Naija crooks arrived the shore only yesterday and started stealing today.......?

Aparently your Naija parents never taught you nothing about maintaining your integrity at all costs? Even close-knit gangs do get caught!

Now you will have a bitter taste of American justice, plus a sure chance of deportation.

Wunderbar!

I am waiting for comments from those ethnic jingoists who see nothing good as come as it comes from the south south and East.

Where are all those Yorubas always accusing Igbos of 419?

Where are all those Yoruba people that always say Igbos are the major 419ers spoiling Nigeria's reputation with scam deeds? Funny how this US Credit card scam ring is run by 97% Yoruba kids..Same is the case in the UK. Na Yoruba boys do CC scams pass..I am not a tribalist but I just wanted to sound this off because Yoruba people are always talking shit about Igbos and associating them with scams.. I no get problem with boys running their hustle but my point is that as long as we all carry the same stupid green passport, make we all dey learn to work together. Like say the tribes dey well represented for this group, this racket would never have been found out. Cos when the treacherous Yorubas work with the Money loving, greedy and Smart Igbos + the terroristic minded Hausas; They form a formidable weapon I'm just saying...lol...I don't support bad things but boy's will keep hustling until the older generation make Nigeria work for the Young.

There They Go!!!!!!!!!!!!

These Yoruba people are at it again o!!!!!!!!!!!!

Typical

Typical yoruba! Always associated with fraud. I never saw.

Typical

Typical yorubas! Always associated with fraud. I never saw.

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These Yoruba Boyz

These YORUBA boys and their greed has finished our image. Must you get rich by force. Why does the YORUBA love money so much. Why does the name of one ethnic group resonate so much whenever we mention CREDIT CARD FRAUD, HOME HEALTH FRAUD, OIL THEFT ETC. Learn to work hard for your money from your IBO brothers. This has got to stop.

Caption shud hav been "Yoruba Credit Card Thieves rampage USA"

I am not surprised at all. We know what the Yoruba pple do all around the world. It is even worse in UK. Just imagine the list:
1. Bolaji Ola, 30
2. Olamide Otti,27
3. Akintunde Adeyemi,28
4. Adegbola Adedeji,31
5. Oluwaseun Jato,23
6. Oluwasola Diji,31
7. Oladapo Araromi,26
8. Oluwaseun Adekoya,25
9. Henry Abdul,25 (From Illorin)
10.Babatunde Oyefeso,27
11. Idris Soyemi,25
12. Ibrahim Akaba,23
13. Olutoye Babatunde,22
14. Olukayode Adeosun,30
15. Olushola Ayeni,31
16. Oladayo Araromi,26
17. Olujimi Williams,24

Just assume that the names were somtin like this:
1. Okafor Chidi
2. Ibori Didnothing
3. Onome Akpojite
4. Alamisgood Freehim
5. Ejiroghene Ibori
6. Osas Akpan Eshiet
7. Emeka Ojiofor

What would the caption have been? "Nigerians from South East/South South in Credit card Fraud". But bcos these idiots are all from Oduduwa Republic, a subtle title/subject was chosen. Nonsense! This is pure "Junkurukuru" jornalism. Nonsense!

Screw them up !

Screw them up! These are the people giving law abiding nigerians bad name.They want to live large at the expense of people who have earned their monies legitimately the hard way.
They wan come pose for us here for December.They wan show us say the don hammer.
Thank God this is not nigeria where they can bribe their way through.
Ole ni ! barayi ! onyeochi ! Ama Oji! Ama Atakuna !

THE ARM OF THE LAW MIGHT BE SLOW BUT IT WILL EVENTUALLY CATCH UP

These Muguns will now find out firstly, that the book will be thrown at them by Hudson Count prosecutor’s office, while they qualify for the RICO statute which qualifies them as a mob organization levied with stiff sentences, BECOME BUBBA BITCH and eventual deportation.

HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY -

FREEDOM CANNOT BE MEASURED BY MONEY OR WEALTH MY FRIEND!

Are Nigerian by nature greedy

Are Nigerian by nature greedy or by nurture?

so this awolowo boys have

so this awolowo boys have taken this trade to yonder

OK, YORUBAS; OVER TO YOU

OK, YORUBAS; OVER TO YOU .......... WHERE THEM? PLEASE COMMENT.

419 in 914

419 in 914, na wa for una naija.

See how americans are

See how americans are spoiling our people and they later accused us and all us 410ners. the west are one of our problems

Our Yoruba people na waa

When will our Yoruba people stop all these petty thefts?.

evil can never go unpunished

evil can never go unpunished

Ibos & Yorubas polute Nigerian Name abroad While d Hausas wreck

The Ibos and Yorubas polute nigeria image abroad, while the Hausas wreck havoc back home in Nigeria.I am surprise no Ibo man was among these scum bags.Its time these three major crime infested tribes form their own country and leave us the minority tribes alone.I don't think they have any meaningful contribution to make to Nigeria progress except crime and looting the treasury.

All Na YORUBA

ALL NA YORUBA BUT LATER DEM GO SAY NA IBO STEAL PASS. NA SO YORUBA WOMEN WEY DEY WORK WITH SISTER FOR BOSTON GO STEAL HER CREDIT CARD AND SHE WAS CAUGHT IN THE ACT. YORUBA OLEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

Why Naija boys they fall hand

Why Naija boys they fall hand like this. Make them come naija come do better job than commiting fraud.

Wonderful

Those who committed this credit card fraud are wonderful criminals. Moreover they have shown their intelligence in executing fraudulent transactions. It calls for greater caution.

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Charity begins @ home.

Very easy for the FBI to make a big drama out of this,the big question they should be asking is why would young kids full of promise stoop to this level? what kind of society / background have they come from, charity begins at home.Our ideologies are fueled by poverty wherever we go or highly placed we find ourselves in society.Our leaders and government officials are bloody rogue's as the wise saying goes we are all victims of our upbringing or societies we've come from.

Sharp guys

Sharp guys in action operating in foreign land though. The STATE isn't Naija! From prostitution- drugs pushing . Now,advance financial crime/laundering by high level hacking. The list of those giving Nigeria bad name abroad are gradually being released.

SEE, YORUBA AGAIN. THIS TIME, ALL BELOW 30 YEARS OF AGE.

Their senior brothers, Adenuga, Otedola, Otudeko, Aresikola & co have stolen and became billionaires so must they. They have destroyed NIGERIA'S image all over the world with Credit Card Scam.

Lord Have Mercy.

Like I have always said and

Like I have always said and like we all know Yorubas are at the top of it when it comes to all sorts of cyber crime and every vices we experience in naija today. Are all the culprits not Yorubas?!. From US, Asia, Europe and especially the UK is same story. They have completely tarnished naija image abroad. Naijas abroad are regarded as scumbags coz of this race. Sowore never reports such news on SR coz of his love for his people. I am surprised SR carried this report today. Everyday different stories emanates from various dailies across naija and the moment you take a glimpse the names you see are Taiwo, Bolaji and co. They always turn around to accuse the Igbos. Ndigbo are thieves, armed robbers, fraudsters and ritualists. Okay fine, accepted, let the criminals go with their Biafran nation of bandits they say hell No. Naijas know they can't survive without Ndigbo hence they will never let us go. Let the Igbos go and free yourselves from thieves-biko. Animals!

No more role models in Naija

This is a very sad story with about 22 of those arrested being Nigerians of Yoruba stock. I am Yoruba too and I am rather shock. Where are our pastors? Where are our leaders? These boys know that our leaders like OBJ and Tinubu are frauds…our pastors like Oyedepo and Baba Adeboye are same. They believe that these guys I mentioned are no role models. They believe that when they take a sizeable chunk of what they stole to these pastors, there will not be any rebuke but prayers for more God’s blessings. These pastors will now put pressure on those of us living a normal life here to do likewise. It appears that majority of Nigerians that live abroad do not believe in hard work and discipline. Even some guys that earn so much still want to live life to the fullest. I can’t imagine that a nurse that earns $73,269 could also be involved in this credit card fraud.

They thought they can do all

They thought they can do all that mess they do in Nigeria.They are the people spoiling Nigerians abroad. They should be given 100 years imprisonment

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