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Six Nigerian citizens have been added to the U.S. cybercrime sanction list

June 16, 2020

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Foreign Assets Control Office. United States announced June 16 the inclusion of six Nigerian people on the list of people who have been punished for cyber crimes.

According to the official announcement, Nnamdi Orson Benson, Abiola Ayorinde Kayode, Alex Afolabi Ogushakin, Felix Osilama Okpoh, Micheal Olorunyomi and Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh have joined the OFAC Special Designated Nationals list.

Special power in cybercrime matters granted to the U.S. Treasury Department. United States

The announcement does not mention the charges against the specially designated new nationals. However, the “CYBER2” rating comes from the Obama administration, which passed an implementing regulation on April 1, 2015 to determine the category.

Six Nigerian citizens have been added to the U.S. cybercrime sanction listSix Nigerian citizens have been added to the U.S. cybercrime sanction list

The Executive Regulation empowered the Treasury to take action against cybercrime issues, including rules and regulations.

Recent Cyber ​​Crime Case with a “Nigerian Gang”

On May 16, U.S. intelligence. United States A warning has been circulated about a “well-organized” Nigerian cybercrime network that has widely committed multiple state unemployment insurance fraud by masquerading as an individual by submitting applications through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). ) from the United States United States, with potential losses in the “hundreds of millions of dollars”.

However, the authorities have not confirmed that the Internet crime case is linked to the US Treasury’s recent list. They have also released no further information about the specific crimes committed by these Nigerian citizens.