According to the US attorney’s office in Western District of Washington, a criminal complaint had been filed against Abidemi Rufai for stealing over $350,000 in unemployment benefits from the Washington State employment security department (ESD).
According to the complainant, Rufai used the stolen identities of more than 100 Washington residents to file fraudulent claims with ESD for pandemic-related unemployment benefits.
The governor’s aid was accused of filing fraudulent unemployment claims with Hawaii, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Abidemi Rufai was accused of using series of a single e-mail address in a manner intended to evade automatic detection by fraud systems.
The US law enforcement agents stated that more than $288,000 was deposited into an American bank account controlled by Abidemi Rufai between March and August 2020.
The US authorities further said that some of the proceeds were mailed to the Jamaica, New York addresses of an Rufai’s relative.
“Since the first fraud reports to our office in April 2020, we have worked diligently with a federal law enforcement team to track down the criminals who stole funds designated for pandemic relief,” Gorman said.
“This is the first, but will not be the last, significant arrest in our ongoing investigation of ESD fraud.” he stated.
Abidemi Rufai has been scheduled for a detention hearing on Wednesday. Rufai who currently serves as the aid to the Ogun state governor was appointed in August 2020 by the governor of gun state.
Several attempts were made by TheCable to reach Kunle Somorin, the spokesman of the Ogun state governor but all calls to his number were unanswered.
Source: Thecable New