Governor Dapo Abiodun’s former aide, Abidemi Rufai, pleads guilty to $350,000 fraud in U.S KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt


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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Governor Dapo Abiodun’s former aide, Abidemi Rufai, pleads guilty to $350,000 fraud in U.S

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it Abidemi Rufai, a Lekki big boy and governor Dapo Abiodun’s suspended aide, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, in the U.S. (Read More Here).

The 45-year-old who was arrested at the New York’s JFK airport on May 14, 2021, pleaded guilty at a District Court in Tacoma, AP News reports.

Rufai admitted to using stolen identities to receive more than $350,000 in pandemic-related unemployment benefits from Washington state.

He also admitted earlier frauds: Since 2017, he had obtained identifying information for more than 20,000 Americans, submitted $2 million in claims for disaster relief and other federal benefits, and received more than $600,000, prosecutors said.

He also submitted fraudulent pandemic unemployment claims in at least 17 other states, among others.

Rufai faces up to 32 years in prison for wire fraud related to a presidentially declared disaster and aggravated identity theft. He also agreed to pay restitution to the agencies he defrauded, though his ability to do that remained unclear.

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