HURRICANE IRMA SCAM IN USA:
43-year-old Undocumented NIGERIAN, JEREMIAH OLAGOKE ADEBAYO in TEXAS Forges Identification Card, U.S. Passport, Parade FAKE Visa…to Defraud America of $119,000 Home Disaster Loan in Florida
*Indicted, Charged with Fraud in connection with a major disaster, forgery or false use of a passport and aggravated identity theft
*Adebayo used an American man’s ID to apply online for a Small Business Administration loan for property in Orlando, Florida
* Arrested after trying to pick up a check last month at a post office in Houston
A Nigerian man without legal status in the United States, Jeremiah Olagoke Adebayo who came to America on a B1/B2 Visa and outstay his visitor’s stay has been arrested in Houston, Texas, charged for fraud, forgery and stealing for his attempt to dupe the United States to the tune of $119,000 home disaster loan in Florida in the recent Hurricane Irma.
Prosecutors in Texas say this Nigerian who is in the United States illegally has been charged with Hurricane Irma-related fraud for trying to obtain a nearly $119,000 home disaster loan in Florida.
Court records confirm that Adebayo was indicted on March 8 and faced a federal court hearing soon in Houston. He has been charged with fraud in connection with a major disaster, forgery or false use of a passport and aggravated identity theft.
On March 8, 2018, a grand jury in Houston returned the three-count indictment against Jeremiah Olagoke Adebayo aka Jeremiah Adebayo Oluyesi, 43, a Nigerian man who illegally resided in Houston. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christina Bryan on March 15, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.
According to the indictment, from October 2017 to February 2018, Adebayo used the identification of an Orlando, Florida, resident to obtain a fraudulent disaster home loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA) in connection to Hurricane Irma.
The SBA provides long-term low-interest loans to businesses and non-profit organizations in the aftermath of a declared disaster. Loan proceeds are to be used solely for the repair or replacement of real estate, inventory, supplies, machinery, and equipment damaged during a declared disaster. Hurricane Irma impacted the Gulf Coast region, including the state of Florida, and was declared a disaster in September 2017.
An application was allegedly submitted to the SBA in October 2017 for a $118,900 home disaster loan which contained several potential fraud indicators. Further, an individual in Houston had attempted to collect on the loan for the Florida property, according to the indictment.
Adebayo appeared at a U.S. Post Office in Houston on Feb. 7, 2018, to obtain the fraudulent loan disbursement check, according to the charges. Adebayo allegedly used a counterfeit passport with the identification of the Florida resident to obtain the check. At that time, the indictment alleges he was also found in possession of a counterfeit U.S. visa.
Adebayo is charged with one count of fraud in connection with a major disaster and forgery or false use of a passport for which he faces up to 20 and 10 years in federal prison, respectively. He also faces a mandatory two years upon conviction of aggravated identity theft which must be served consecutively to any other prison term imposed. All counts also carry a potential $250,000 maximum fine.
SBA-Office of Inspector General and U.S. Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Day is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is an accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.
According to court records, Adebayo used innocent American man’s Identification card (ID) to apply online for a Small Business Administration loan for property in Orlando, Florida, that he does not own. Adebayo was arrested after trying to pick up the check last month at a post office in Houston.