Fraudster Jailed Over Government Employee Cartridge Scam

Fraudster Jailed Over Government Employee Cartridge Scam

Fraudster Jailed Over Government Employee Cartridge Scam

Fraudster Jailed Over Government Employee Cartridge ScamAccording to the US Department of Justice, a man has been jailed for 36 months for his role in a computer hacking and identity theft scheme that defrauded vendors of nearly $1 million of printer toner cartridges.

Nigerian national, Olumide Ogunremi, also known as Tony Williams, 43, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan B. Wigenton in Newark federal court by video conference. He was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

From at least July 2013 through December 2013, Ogunremi and others perpetrated a computer hacking and theft scheme on U.S. government agencies’ email systems and General Services Administration vendors. The ring employed “phishing” attacks, which used fraudulent e-mails and websites that mimicked the legitimate e-mails and web pages of U.S. government agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Unwitting employees of the agencies visited the fake web pages and provided their e-mail account usernames and passwords.

Ogunremi and his conspirators used these stolen credentials to access the employees’ e-mail accounts in order to place fraudulent orders for office products, typically printer toner cartridges, in the employees’ names from vendors who were authorized to do business with U.S. government agencies.

Ogunremi and his conspirators directed the vendors to ship the fraudulent orders to individuals located in New Jersey and elsewhere to be repackaged and ultimately shipped to overseas locations, which were controlled by Ogunremi and his conspirators. Once the orders were received in Nigeria, Ogunremi and his conspirators sold the toner cartridges to another individual on the black market for profit.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Wigenton sentenced Ogunremi to two years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $68,618.


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