Canadian authorities have showcased the expensive lifestyles of four Canada-based Nigerians who are alleged fraudsters. Reports claim that 45-year old Adedayo Ogundana (also known as Oladipupo Ogund), 37-year-old Adekunle Johnson Omitiran, 44-year-old Duro Akintola (also known as Michie Noah) and 47-year-old Emmanuel Salako (also known as Gee Salaq) are into credit card theft and mail pilfering.
These four are at the center of a riveting police investigation of frauds running into several millions of dollars. Sources say they spend monies gotten from their fraudulent activities to live lavish lifestyles.
Items seized during the investigation include 37 stolen credit cards, hundreds of pieces of presumably stolen mail, and a number of notebooks containing the personal information of at least 5,000 GTA residents.
Police also found $39,000 in cash, $310,000 worth of watches and about $390,000 worth of clothing, jewelry, accessories and liquor.
The group of fraudsters were living it up as they stole people’s identities and bought luxury goods, Toronto Police allege.
Two men have been charged and two are being sought in an alleged $10-million fraud ring.
“These people lived a high-profile lifestyle of conspicuous consumption fuelled by the proceeds of identity theft and fraud,” Det. Sgt. Ian Nichol, of the financial crimes unit, said Tuesday.
Some of the items seized during the Project Royal investigation include a $150,000 Romain Jerome Moon Dust DNA Automatic watch, a pair of crocodile hide shoes for $10,000, as well as sunglasses, clothing and perfume all with price tags in the thousands and most being purchased in the Yorkville area.
Identity information of 5,000 GTA residents was also seized, along with dozens of fraudulently obtained credit cards and hundreds of pieces of stolen mail.
The 419 Yahoo boys in the fraud ring had connections to individuals who had access to people’s identities and served them up for a fee.
“I can tell you they had associations with people in financial institutions,” Det. Const. Mike Kelly said, adding police are trying to track them down.
In December 2016, Adedayo Ogundana, 45, also known as Oladipupo Ogund, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with 12 counts of fraud and possession of property obtained by crime.
Police executed a search warrant at a Yorkville condo on April 24 while looking for Adekunle Johnson Omitiran, 37, and seized cash, watches, jewelry and clothing.
Omitiran later surrendered to police and was charged with several counts of fraud and identity theft, possession of stolen credit cards, and possession of proceeds of crime.
A warrant has also been issued for Duro Akintola, 44, of Toronto, who is also known as Michie Noah.
Emmanuel Salako, 47, of Toronto, who is also known as Gee Salaq, is wanted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Chicago.
Toronto Police worked with the RCMP, the Competition Bureau of Canada, Ontario government agencies, and U.S. agencies such as the postal service to bust the ring.