US Court Sentences Nigerian Man to 46 Months in Prison for Federal Fraud Violations
In the Eastern District of Texas, a Nigerian man was sentenced to federal prison for fraud offences.
Shalom Olumide Ayotunde, 39, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison on Thursday, January 6, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III, after pleading guilty on July 1, 2021, to passport fraud, false claim to U.S. citizenship, wire fraud, and false statement to a financial institution.
U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston revealed in a Justice Department release that Ayotunde was also sentenced to pay $1,067,000 in restitution.
According to court filings, in June 2018, Ayotunde presented false identifying information in his application for a United States passport, fraudulently claiming to be a citizen of the United States.
Ayotunde was allegedly involved in fabricating information in connection with multiple Payment Protection Program loan applications, and he ultimately obtained more than $1 million in false PPP loan proceeds.
Furthermore, evidence established that Ayotunde was a member of a conspiracy to defraud corporations via business email compromise schemes, and that he functioned as a money mule when he knowingly accepted and transferred proceeds of illicit conduct.
Ayotunde received or attempted to obtain more than $800,000 in stolen monies, according to evidence.
On November 13, 2020, a federal grand jury delivered an indictment accusing Ayotunde with federal violations.
The US Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Camelia Lopez.