Fatade Idowu Olamilekan, a wire fraud suspect on the FBI’s wanted list, was extradited to the United States on Thursday, July 14, 2022, for allegedly stealing over Three Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($3.5M) in equipment in various cities across the US.
According to a statement issued by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York on Friday, his repatriation was in connection with “fraudulently obtain and attempt to obtain millions of dollars of medical equipment, laboratory products, computer equipment and hardware, and other merchandise from suppliers of such merchandise throughout the United States by impersonating, among other individuals, procurement officials of U.S. state and local governments.”
Fatade’s extradition was facilitated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in response to a notice from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI New York, via the US Legal Attache, for his role in impersonating various cities, states, and academic institutions throughout the United States.
A grand jury in the Southern District of New York indicted Fatade for wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen property, and identity theft.
During the coronavirus pandemic in 2019, Olamilekan impersonated the Chief Procurement Officer of New York State from at least in or about 2018 until at least on or about September 14, 2020, in an attempt to fraudulently obtain medical equipment, including defibrillators.
The suspect was apprehended by EFCC operatives on September 30, 2021, and his extradition trial began in November 2021 before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The Judge granted the request to extradite the suspect to the United States to face criminal charges on May 1, 2022. The suspect is scheduled to appear before a United States District Court upon his arrival in the United States.
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