$350k Fraud In US: Governor Abiodun’s Aide Pleads Guilty

Abidemi Rufai

Abidemi Rufai, a former Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ogun State, has pleaded guilty to his role in a $350,763 heist in the United States.

With a stolen set of personal data, Rufai had been able to file fake unemployment benefits. In the year 2020, he claimed to have $350,763 in these bogus claims.

Rufai pleaded guilty to stealing $500,000 from other states and federal programs. The Medium quotes the US Attorney’s Office in Seattle as saying: “The defendant pleaded guilty to stealing benefits from other states, as well as another $250,000 from other federal programmes.”

Rufai filed $1.7 million in fraudulent tax credits between 2017 and 2020, of which $90,877 was paid out.

Rufai has agreed to repay the stolen funds, but it’s unclear how he will do so or if he still has access to the stolen funds.

The US government will now be able to seize all of Madoff’s assets, and they may be able to retrieve some of the money lost by his victims.

Rashid had been working as Mr. Abiodun’s assistant.

The governor suspends his aide and calls for an investigation

In August of last year, a Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos issued an order to temporarily take away the property belonging to Rufai.

Results from an ex parte motion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission led to the order by Justice Tijjani Ringim.

The US Department of Labor said that the Washington Resident, Rufai fraudulently filed over 100 unemployment claims last year during a COVID-19 pandemic.

In this report, it says that some of the payments from the crime were sent to relatives in Jamaica and New York. Rufai made more than $288,000 worth of deposits and mailed these to his family members in Jamaica and New York.

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