Adebowale FALEYE, a unemployed 34 year-old male, Raymond VIRCIGLIO, a retired 62 year-old male and Olatayo OGEDENGBE, a 39 year-old male mechanic have all been sentenced at Southwark Crown Court.
FALEYE: 3 counts Conspiracy to Defraud and 2 TIC's – 3 years imprisonment on each count to run concurrently.
VIRCIGLIO: 3 counts Conspiracy to Defraud and 2 TIC's – 3 years imprisonment of each count to run concurrently.
OGEDENGBE: 3 counts Conspiracy to Defraud – 3 years imprisonment on each count to run concurrently.
John DONKOH, 42 year-old Finance Manager and Solomon ARTHUR, 42 year-old Bus Mechanic, have both appeared at Southwark Crown Court on 4 th August 2003 and pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Defraud. When arrested, £14,000 cash was seized at DONKOH'S home address. Documents were also seized, which indicated that he intended to return to GHANA.
John FABREGAS – 5 counts Conspiracy to Defraud Sentenced to 3 years 9 months imprisonment.
Diana FABREGAS – 2 counts Conspiracy to Defraud Sentenced to 3 years 3 months imprisonment.
Jaume FABREGAS – 2 counts Conspiracy to Defraud Sentenced to 2 years 9 months imprisonment.
Ricky Dean PLUMB, 39 year-old, male, Company Director, had been found guilty of two counts of Conspiracy to Defraud on 24 th June 2003. He was sentenced on 20 th August to 5 years imprisonment and ordered to pay £25,000 costs. Lee PAYNE, 27 year-old male, Company Director, had pleaded guilty on 17 th January 2003 to one of the counts. He was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment, Compensation of £139,192 to be paid within 6 months.
CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD
Bryan CLAUGHTON, 70 year-old, retired male and Raymond WHELEHAN, 47 year-old, unemployed male have both been sentenced to 3 years 6 months imprisonment at Wood Green Crown Court.
CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD: Tajundeen AKINYEMI, a 37 year-old, IC3, male, unemployed appeared at Southwark Crown Court on 9th May 2003 and pleaded ‘Guilty’ to Conspiracy to Defraud. He was sentenced to 12 months Imprisonment.
William D. Gore, Special Agent in Charge, San Diego Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, today announces the arrest of Lucy Figuero Gordillo, born July 21, 1960 and Gladys Garza born February 7, 1940, on charges of Mail Fraud, Bank Fraud, Aiding and Abetting, and Conspiracy. Garza and Gordillo will be afforded an initial appearance in U. S. District. Both Gordillo and Garza were arrested at 8:30 this morning without incident. The arrests were made at 3802 Main Street, Unit 8 in Chula Vista by FBI Agents.
Catherine Paduano (43) 5 Sun Valey Drive, Coram
Amounts received through alleged fraud - $16, 985
Marion J. Defelice (32) 52 Boyce Avenue, Staten Island
Amounts received through alleged fraud - $20,405
Robert Marini (47) 19 Chesapeake Bay Drive, Coram
Amount received through alleged fraud - $19,267.50
Douglas Nietsch (41) 3879 Beechwood Place, Seaford
Amount received through alleged fraud - $809
John Santolo (37) 23 Washington Avenue, Mastic Beach
Amount received through alleged fraud - $46,500
Catalino Benavidez (48) 1083 Broadway, Westbury
Amount received through alleged fraud - $7,270
Thomas Bieh ABA Biehl (38) 42 Panamoka Trail, Ridge
Amount received through alleged fraud - $15,025
Gloria Johnson (54) 3490 Great Neck Road, North Amityville
Amount received through alleged fraud - $17,600.60
Steven Perrotta (44) 11 Powell Court, North Babylon
Amount received through alleged fraud - $28,850
Dominick Germano, Jr. (34) 408 N. Broome Avenue, Lindenhurst
Amount received through alleged fraud - $26, 107ny
Kelly A. Hughes (37) 500 Second Avenue, Lindenhurst
Alleged amount received through fraud - $23,800
Lisa A. Trotta (41) 16 Roland Place, Bayshore
Alleged amount received through fraud - $33,277.26
Peter t. Masotto, Jr. (39) 205 Ontario Avenue, Massapequa
Alleged amount received through fraud - $58,144.98 ny
Dana Pillccieri (37) 390 Shannon Boulvard, Yaphank
Alleged amount received through fraud - $3,185
130 arrested in Net fraud crackdown
Last modified: May 16, 2003, 11:56 AM PDT
By Richard Shim
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
More than 130 people have been arrested as part of the latest effort by law-enforcement agencies to crack down on Internet fraud, according to the Justice Department.
Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff and Federal Trade Commission Chairman Tim Muris announced the arrests Friday, and said that more than $17 million was seized.
The arrests were part of a nationwide initiative, called Operation E-Con, that's being coordinated by 43 U.S. attorney's offices, the FBI, the FTC, the Postal Inspection Service, and other state and local law-enforcement agencies within the United States and other countries.
Operation E-Con has carried out more than 70 search warrants, leading to formal charges or convictions in many cases. The operation has performed more than 90 investigations involving 89,000 victims of fraud.
Internet fraud has been growing rapidly, and the Operation E-Con agencies are working to temper its effects.
"Just three years ago, 31 percent of fraud complaints filed with the FTC involved the Internet," Muris said in a statement. "In 2002, 47 percent of complaints were Internet-related. We anticipate that by the end of this year, Internet-related complaints will represent the majority of fraud complaints received by the FTC."
Online auction scams have been one of the leading forms of fraud over the last three years, accounting for 46 percent of complaints referred to law enforcement.
'Cyber Sweep' Nets 125 Arrests
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U.S. Secret Service agents worked with foreign law enforcers to track down suspects who operated across international borders, leading to the arrest of a Romanian man who they said bilked some $500,000 from online auction participants.
Authorities in Ghana and Nigeria also helped track down suspects and recover millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains.
The crackdown stemmed from indications that Internet fraud continues to rise. The Internet Fraud Complaint Center, run in part by the FBI, referred some 58,000 complaints to law enforcement in the first nine months of 2003 -- compared with 48,000 for all of 2002.
The arrest of Stefan is the most recent in a year-long series of investigations involving the Secret Service, Romanian police and eBay, an online marketplace. To date, seven major cases have been solved and 107 people have been arrested for Internet fraud committed using real eBay sites. "The rapid growth of the Internet has eliminated the traditional borders of financial crimes and provided new opportunities for those who engage in computer-based fraud,
UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE AND ROMANIAN POLICE WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE MAJOR COMPUTER FRAUD INVESTIGATION
U.S. Secret Service Director Ralph Basham said.
Sharing information and resources through partnerships is the best way to combat these types of crimes.” “The success of these investigations is a direct result of the excellent partnership that exists between eBay, the DGCCOA, and the Secret Service,” said Robert Gombar, Special Agent in Charge of Secret Service’s Rome Field Office, which oversees the agency’s Bucharest Resident Office. “On behalf of the Secret Service, I would like to commend the DGCCOA and eBay for their hard work and collaboration in bringing these investigations to a successful conclusion.” "This is an important breakthrough in the fight against fraudulent emails and the criminal activity associated with them," said Joseph Sullivan, eBay's Senior Counsel for Trust and Safety. "The Secret Service has effectively brought together the resources of private industry and foreign governments to identify and arrest those attempting to victimize Internet consumers." The investigations initiated by Secret Service’s Bucharest office have had a positive impact in protecting American citizens against this kind of fraud.
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