3rd Ghanaian extradited to USA over fraud-related charges and ‘sakawa’ in less than 30 days.
4days ago, adepanews.com received reports that Maxwell Abayate Peter, the 27-year-old resident of Tamale who was arrested alongside his Nigerian accomplices for their roles in a multi-million Africa-based cyber fraud could face a jail term of not less than 20 years and a fine of $500,000 according to copies of a bill of indictment by the US Department of Justice.
This morning we received reports that 2 persons accused of cybercrime have been extradited from Ghana to the United States to face charges for their roles in separate multi-million dollar scams.
Deborah Mensah, a 33-year-old Ghanaian citizen who was arrested on January 16, 2020, in Accra has been “charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, which each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison,” the US Department of Justice said in a statement. The Department in a separate statement announced that another accused BEC scammer, Maxwell Peter, also a Ghanaian citizen had been extradited to the U.S. to face charges in an unrelated case.
Mensah is also charged with one count of receipt of stolen money, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison; one count of conspiracy to receive stolen money, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison; and one count of aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison to be served consecutively to any other sentence imposed.