Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Nigerian National Chiemezie Asieru Sentenced to Over Eight Years for Role in Fraudulent Check Scam that Victimized Nearly 500 Individuals out of Toronto Canada that private investigator Bill Warner exposed back in December 2008.

Nigerian National Chiemezie Asieru Sentenced to Over Eight Years for Role in Fraudulent Check Scam that Victimized Nearly 500 Individuals out of Toronto Canada that private investigator Bill Warner exposed back in December 2008.

For Immediate Release
January 26, 2010


LOS ANGELES—A Nigerian national who operated a money-transfer business in Chino has been sentenced to 97 months in federal prison for his role in a scheme that bilked hundreds of victims out of more than $1.5 million in a scam that had schemers sending bogus checks to victims and falsely telling them they had won a sweepstakes or another lie to induce them to negotiate the fraudulent checks.

Alvin Chiemezie Asieru, 39, who resided in Chino prior to his arrests last March, was sentenced Monday by United States District Judge John F. Walter, who also ordered Asieru to pay full restitution to his victims.

Asieru pleaded guilty last year to one count of mail fraud, admitting that he participated in an international telemarketing scheme that defrauded almost 500 victims from across the United States. The scheme involving Asieru is a variation of a scam now commonly seen where fraudulent checks are sent to victims with false claims that they had for some reason received a windfall. Asieru’s scheme in particular involved sending bogus checks to victims, telling them that they had won a contest, had been chosen to participate in a promotion, or were being offered employment as “secret shoppers.”

The victims were instructed to deposit the checks, wire most of the funds through MoneyGram, and report the MoneyGram transaction number to someone associated with the scheme. Armed with the transaction number, Asieru was able to collect the proceeds of the wire transfer through a MoneyGram terminal at his Chino business, SABIC Group. Asieru then shared the proceeds with co-conspirators in TORONTO Ontario, Canada. Asieru also transferred over $680,000 of the proceeds to various banks in Nigeria. The victims later learned that the checks they had deposited into their bank accounts were fraudulent and that they were responsible for the money they had now lost.


The letter and the check seen here were received at my business PO Box in Sarasota Fl on 12/18/08 from Toronto Canada. Regions Bank check scam, the check is counterfeit, but with a good account number, and with cash in the bank lots of cash.
The company listed, CB Richard Ellis Corp. is Regions Bank's Maint. Co., this is/was an internal scam directed at Regions Bank. I could have collected the $3,535.00 today from Regions Bank, the check is good, and if I had done as requested by "Santa's Little Sweepstakes", next step would be to send them $1,800 via Western Union so that I could collect my "big check" for $69,400.

Instead, I went to the Regions Bank on Cattlemen Rd in Sarasota Fl on Thursday, 12/18/08 at 2:00 pm and told them I knew of the check fraud scam and I had a counterfeit check drawn on "their Regions business account" and that there were no stops on it, so you better get yourself in gear and shut this scam down right now because I am sure you are going to be flooded with counterfeit checks in the next few hours, it appears they did and they were.

Sweet deal for "Santa's Little Sweepstakes" and Nicolas Stern the listed Claims Director, they collect $1,800.00 from each person who follows their directions, the "patsy" keeps $1,7550.00 and Regions Bank would have paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars that is not going to be collectible.

Checks were sent out by "Santa's Little Sweepstakes" on 12/15/2008, I got mine in Sarasota Fl on 12/18/08 for $3,535.00, I have heard of one check received near Cleveland, Ohio for $3,5350.00 and another one in Fort Lauderdale Fl for the same amount of $3,535.00 and a $3,535.00 check was received in the mail today, 12/19/08, in California, all with different check numbers (this is the key). A person would only have to walk into the Regons Bank, present the check, show ID, the teller checks the account on the computer, Funds available, you get the cash.

Regions Bank would not have caught onto the scam until the following days when all the checks roll in from around the USA in the same amount, $3,535.00. You would think that Regions Bank would at least give me a "thank you" for saving them possibly hundreds of thousands of dollar, so far not a word from the Regions Big Wigs ?
Bill Warner private investigator
Sarasota, FloridaU.S.A.

As part of an investigation into MoneyGram transfers sent from United States consumers to Canada, Canadian authorities determined that the overwhelming majority of wire transactions involving more than $1,000 are the proceeds of fraud involving various scams and Internet purchases. The investigation identified several MoneyGram operators as being involving in a majority of the suspect transactions, including SABIC Group.

A number of Asieru’s victims learned that the MoneyGram transfers had been picked up in Chino, which prompted the Chino Police Department to open an investigation. In several instances involving bogus checks and wire transfers, MoneyGram advised the police that the money was picked up at SABIC Group within 30 minutes of the wire transfer.
The Chino Police also learned that MoneyGram received 53 complaints of fraud against SABIC Group in 2008, with losses totaling approximately $103,500.In sentencing papers, federal prosecutors argued that Asieru not only caused financial losses to his victims, but also caused law-abiding victims to be stigmatized with destroyed credit and what appeared to be criminal conduct. One victim discussed in prosecutors’ sentencing papers was arrested and spent a night in jail for passing the bad check sent as part of Asieru’s scam, an indignity that was noted by Judge Walter during yesterday’s sentencing hearing.

he case against Asieru was investigated by the Chino Police Department, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Bill Warner Director of CSPI..Covert Surveillance by Private Investigators at WBI Inc.