Criminal complaint against Woodberry SEE DETAILS
Details of criminal complaint of the alleged fraud by the Instagram celebrity Olalekan Jacob Ponle popularly Known as Woodberry has been revealed.
Woodberry was arrested last month along side His accomplice Hushpuppi in the United Arab Emirates, where they both lived. According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago. He was expelled from the country and into FBI custody, and arrived in Chicago where he appeared in court to face a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud
According to the affidavit seen, prosecutors from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), say the scheme by Woodberry spanned at least the first nine months of 2019 and involved multiple unknown subjects who gained unauthorized access to U.S.-based companies’ email accounts.
The affidavit read:
The criminal complaint stated that he sent email messages to employees that were nearly identical to prior legitimate emails sent over the company’s accounts.
The emails instructed people to wire funds to a bank account set up by “money mules” at Ponle’s direction, prosecutors say. The complaint alleges Ponle directed the mules to to convent the proceeds of the fraud into Bitcoin and send them to a virtual wallet that Ponle owned and operated.
According to the complaint, an unnamed Chicago company was defrauded into sending wire transfers totaling $15.2 million. Companies based in Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, New York and California also were victims of the fraud, prosecutors say.
The complaint also went on to give details on how Woodberry allegedly defrauded the companies,he accompanied it with details of of his chats with victims and associates.
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