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RUFAI ABIDEMI 42 year old Nigerian Arrested in Washington for US$650 million Unemployment Fraud

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RUFAI ABIDEMI 42 year old Nigerian Arrested in Washington for US$650 million Unemployment Fraud
ABIDEMI RUFAI, The alleged 42 year old Nigerian thief of $650 MILLION DOLLAR Unemployment Benefits in one year, lives a “larger than life” existence AND WORKS inside Nigeria with Ogun State Governor

RUFAI ABIDEMI 42 year old Nigerian has been arrested in Washington for a massive US$650 million Unemployment Fraud, using over 100 fake or stolen Identities last year during the pandemic.

He was arrested as he tried to leave the USA..

EDITORIAL OPINION:

ONLY GOD KNOWS WHAT HIS REAL NAME IS… But soon, a good Lawyer, even a SAN, will come and White wash his image, and idiots will begin to hail him, as another JagaSomething..

Culled from https://www.seattletimes.com/business/first-arrest-made-in-washington-states-650-million-unemployment-fraud/

Imagine… He would have left America, successfully with MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN STOLEN MONIES (do the maths), and arrived in Nigeria to become an ASIWAJU of some scammers like himself.

ABIDEMI RUFAI, 42, an APC Politician, is a SENIOR Special Assistant to the Ogun State Governor in Nigeria. Arrested for allegedly stealing $650 MILLION US DOLLARS belonging to the American TAX PAYERS, meant for Covid19 Unemployment Benefits using identities of more than 100 Americans in over SIX States.

There are many of them, Stealing for a Living in that UK, in USA, even the small Ireland etc, who pose as Business men and women, as POLITICIANS, transfering Stolen money, defrauding people, and Smiling all the way to the bank…

We MUST start Naming Names. “Eru kan nni mmuni bú igba erú” (The nefarious activities of one person creates a smear campaign against innocent others).

Those of you who KNOW Scammers, Fraudsters, Thieves, especially when they Scam the Social Security Systems DONT UNDERSTAND that these people are Stealing from YOU AND ME…

Social Security Funds are NOT Government “Free Money”.. THEY ARE TAX PAYERS Contributions.. This is part of the 45% TAX that YOU ARE MANDATED TO PAY…

YOU ARE FUNDING THE LIFESTYLE OF ROGUES, SCAMS, FRAUDS…. YES, YOU..!!! Equally guilty for keeping quiet.. Yoruba say, “Eni gbe epo l’oja ko ja’le, bi eni to gbaa lowo e” (He who stole the barrel of oil from the market, is not so much a thief. The Chief of Thieves is the man who helped him HIDE his loot”… You’re still hugging your Bible or your Quaran? Right? Yoruba say YOU are the THIEF….

We will purge ourselves. We will start speaking up.. NOT ALL NIGERIANS ARE THIEVES… But there are thieves amongst us, and many of us know them.. SOON, they will RUN TO AFRICA and BECOME OUR LEADERS…
And we wonder why we ONLY have rouges and UNSCRUPULOUS people as Leaders…. WE MADE THEM!!!
Hope you get the picture.. The thieves who rule us, were created by us. Our silence.

HERE is part of THE STORY….

Arrest reveals new details in Washington state’s $650 million unemployment fraud…

May 17, 2021 at 7:03 am Updated May 17, 2021 at 5:51 pm
By Paul Roberts and Jim Brunner-
Seattle Times staff reporters

A Nigerian man suspected in Washington state’s $650 million unemployment fraud was arrested Friday at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport by federal agents as he allegedly attempted to leave the country.

Abidemi Rufai, of Lekki, Nigeria, appeared in federal court Saturday on charges that he used the identities of more than 100 Washington residents to steal more than $350,000 in unemployment benefits from the Washington state Employment Security Department during the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

“This is the first, but will not be the last, significant arrest in our ongoing investigation of ESD fraud,” said Tessa Gorman, acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, in a statement Monday.

The federal complaint also provides a detailed glimpse into the scale of the pandemic-related fraud as well as the methods — some of them surprisingly unsophisticated — fraudsters used to pilfer from unemployment systems in Washington and other states.

Rufai, 42, is scheduled for a detention hearing Wednesday. The case will be prosecuted in federal court in Tacoma.

“I want to thank our partners in law enforcement for their continued efforts to hold criminals accountable for their attacks on our unemployment-insurance system,” said ESD Acting Commissioner Cami Feek in a statement Monday.

Rufai was represented by an assistant federal public defender at Saturday’s hearing.

Rufai’s arrest comes almost a year to the day after ESD officials announced they were temporarily suspending unemployment benefit payments after discovering that criminals had used stolen Social Security numbers and other personal information to file bogus claims for federal and state unemployment benefits.

Within days, ESD officials disclosed that “hundreds of millions of dollars” had likely been stolen in a fraud scheme that law enforcement officials and cybercrime experts said was partly based in Nigeria, involving a criminal ring nicknamed “Scattered Canary.”

Washington was among the first states to be hit by a wave of fraud that would eventually strike dozens of states and siphon off billions of dollars in federal aid meant for pandemic victims.

Rufai, who used the alias Sandy Tang, is also suspected of defrauding unemployment programs in Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Federal officials acknowledged that Rufai’s presence in the United States probably was unusual in the unemployment fraud scheme. Many of the fraudulent claims that hit the ESD were likely filed from outside the United States, according to the complaint.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE yourself 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/first-arrest-made-in-washington-states-650-million-unemployment-fraud/

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