Nigerian man found guilty on federal charges related to hacking university by a jury in Atlanta, Georgia United States.
Prosecutors said in a news release Monday that 34-year-old Olayinka Olaniyi and co-defendant 29-year-old Damilola Solomon Ibiwoye (Nigerian man found guilty) ran several phishing scams targeting employees at U.S. colleges and universities, including Georgia Tech and the University of Virginia.
These defendants used trickery to lure and exploit their unsuspecting victims, but they will now face the consequences of their scheme in federal prison, said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. We are grateful for the collaborative work by our national and international law enforcement partners in this case, and we will continue to vigorously prosecute cyber criminals who hide behind the anonymity of the internet to commit these types of crimes.
The FBI is determined to arrest criminals who believe they can hide out on the internet, protected by geographic boundaries, and prey on the American people and our institutions, said J. C. “Chris” Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Atlanta Division. This case clearly shows the benefits of global cooperation between the United States and international law enforcement.
Prosecutors say Nigerian man found guilty, obtained employee logins and passwords and used them to steal payroll deposits and to file fraudulent tax returns.
The stolen funds were routed into U.S. bank accounts, and the evidence showed that access to these bank accounts was acquired through the use of romance scams, where fraudsters pose on dating sites and apps as potential partners to gain the trust of their victim. At some point, the fraudster will make a request to deposit money into their victim’s account and claim to need all of the account information, including their account number, routing number, passwords, and answers to security questions. In this case, all of that information was then used to funnel the proceeds of theft through those accounts and out of the country.
Olaniyi was convicted last week of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, computer fraud and aggravated identity theft. He is to be sentenced Oct. 22.
Ibiwoye, who’s also from Nigeria, pleaded guilty to similar charges. He was sentenced to serve three years and three months in prison.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Brown, Deputy Chief of the Complex Frauds Section, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura D. Pfister prosecuted the case.
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