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Nigerian athletes found guilty, convicted of frauds in US

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Two Nigerian Track and Field athletes, Emmanuel Ineh and Toluwani Adebakin have been convicted of multiple frauds in the United States, US.

The frauds include wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy.

23-year-old Ineh and Adebakin, 25 pleaded guilty to violations of the Title 18, United States Code, Section 1957, for engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activities collectively sending tens of thousands of illicitly obtained proceeds to fraudsters in Nigeria.

A release from the US Attorney’s Office Southern District of Mississippi shows that the scheme involved multiple higher learning institutions in the United States, with part of the conspiracy being operated out of Hattiesburg while Ineh and Adebakin were teammates at William Carey University.

Sentencing will take place on February 15, 2023 in a case that was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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