US law enforcement officers have arrested six Africans for allegedly laundering monies they made through fraudulent means.
The six alleged scammers are all believed to be Ghanaian nationals. They are alleged to have laundered about $55 million from their fraudulent schemes.
The suspected fraudsters are Farouk Appiedu, 35, Fred Asare, 35, Calvin Freeman, 47, Lord Aning, 28, Saddick Edusei Kissi, 24, and Faisal Ali also known as “Clarence Graveley, 34.
They are said to have undertaken several fraudulent activities, targeting the elderly and small business loans for Covid-19 relief in the United States.
The United States Department for Justice in a statement issued on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, and obtained by African Entertainment, indicated that four of the suspected Ghanaian fraudsters controlled over 45 bank accounts that had deposits totaling approximately $55 million.
According to the statement, Appiedu, Asante, Freeman, and Aning received fraud proceeds from victims of the enterprise in dozen of business bank accounts that they controlled in Virginia, New York, and New Jersey.
The statement further indicated that bank accounts were openned in the name of the company they claimed to have formed purposely for the sales of automobiles, food imports and exports, and freight trucking and shipping.
According to the statement, once the proceeds were received by the four in their bank accounts, they withdrew, transport, and laundered the fraud proceeds to purchase automobiles, food products, and other goods from US –based suppliers and distributors of such products and shipped those products to Ghana and other countries.