Three Nigerian youths have been arrested after trying to manipulate covid relief fund worth $1.4 million. They were arrested with the help of ATM cameras. The money was meant to help jobless people in Arizona, California, North Carolina, and Maryland.
Quazeem Owolabi Ayinka (20 years old), Ayodeji Jonathan Sangode (22 years old), Olamide Yusuf Bakare were the three suspects apprehended. However, Yusuf Bakare revealed that he had requested unemployment benefits hundreds of times from the above-mentioned states. They were caught in connection to the fraud while using different addresses and spreading the money through three sources; purchases, transfers, and ATM withdrawals in California, Florida, and Maryland, sources reveal. ATM withdrawals alone were worth almost a million dollars- $989,000.
The Bank of America (BofA) in connection to this showed a record stating that pre-paid cards worth more than $1.4 million were sent to the suspects’ addresses.
Sangode was captured in a Hyundai by BofA footage at the bank’s drive-through ATM. The image was linked to his Driver’s License.
Adeyinka also, with the help of his Driver’s License was linked to the ATM camera after withdrawing $1,000 at the bank using a debit card. This happened on July 19, 2020.
On July 5, 2020, someone who looks like Bakare was spotted at BofA withdrawing cash using his debit card. Other withdrawals were done by them in different places.