– Charles Onus has become part of those who are denting the image of Nigeria abroad after he was arrested for fraud
– Onu was arrested by the FBI for his involvement in a payroll hacking which amount to over N320 million naira
– His arrest came weeks after another Nigerian, Abidemi Rufai was arrested for fraud in the United States
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Charles Onus has been arrested for his alleged involvement in diverting $800,000 into prepaid debit cards.
Onus who is a Nigerian was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), The United State Department of Justice says.
The amount translates to about N320 million at the current official rate of N410 per dollar.
The arrest came less than a month after Abidemi Rufai, an aide to Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, was arrested for fraud in the United States.
According to a statement Onus was arrested and detained on April 14, in San Francisco. He was accused of hacking over 5,500 company user accounts.
The statement read in part:
“As alleged, Onus did this as effectively as someone who commits bank burglary, but with no need for a blowtorch or bolt-cutters. Thanks to the FBI and IRS-CI, Onus is in custody and facing serious federal charges.”
Recall that . had reported that the United States (US) justice department has revealed why it will be dangerous to grant bail to Abidemi Rufai, an aide to Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state.
A letter to Ramon Reyes, the US magistrate judge in Eastern District of New York, said if Rufai escapes to Nigeria after being granted bail, “extradition will be extraordinarily difficult or impossible because of his ties to the Nigerian government.”
Earlier, Rufai was arrested in the US over alleged $350,000 unemployment benefits fraud. He was quizzed by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday, May 15, at the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York following a criminal complaint.
. reported after his arrest by the US government, Rufai was suspended by Governor Abiodun.
Reacting through his chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, Governor Abiodun said the news of his aide’s involvement in fraud is disturbing.
Abiodun also condemned any act capable of undermining his determination to institute an open, transparent, accountable and morally upright behaviour in the state and in governance.
He added that he remains committed to his agenda of building the future of the state, saying that he would not condone criminals either in his government or the state in general.