Abidemi Rufai, who is a senior special assistant to Dapo Abiodun, governor of Ogun, has been arrested in the United States over alleged $350,000 unemployment benefits fraud.
It was gathered that Rufai was arrested on Friday evening at JFK Airport in New York. According to the US attorney’s office in the Western District of Washington, a criminal complaint had been filed against Rufai for stealing over $350,000 in unemployment benefits from the Washington State employment security department (ESD).
Rufai used the stolen identities of more than 100 Washington residents to file fraudulent claims with ESD for pandemic-related unemployment benefits. Rufai was also accused of filing fraudulent unemployment claims with Hawaii, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania.
The Nigerian was accused of using variations of a single e-mail address in a manner intended to evade automatic detection by fraud systems. US law enforcement agents said more than $288,000 was deposited into an American bank account controlled by Rufai between March and August 2020.