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An American teen commits suicide after been frauded online by 3 Nigerians

Three Nigerian men have been charged with global sexual extortion that led a teenager in the United States to commit suicide. The men awaiting extradition to the United States have been identified as Samuel Ogoshi, 22, Samson Ogochi, 20, and Ezekiel Ejehem Robert, 19. U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, Mark Totten announced on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 the opening of a federal indictment accusing three Nigerians of sexually extorting multiple youth and juveniles in the Western District of Michigan and across the United States.

One of the men has been charged with the death of Jordan DeMay, of Marquette, Michigan. “On March 25, 2022, 17-year-old DeMay was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

His death has resulted in an investigation by the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, culminating in an indictment released today,” the statement read. Mark Totten said: “Extortion is a terrible crime that can put victims, especially young people to shame, with nowhere to turn.

“My heart goes out to Jordan DeMay’s family. Nothing can bring Jordan back, but my office is committed to seeking justice and, together with Jordan’s family, sending an urgent alert so others can protect themselves and their families. We will travel the world to hold the perpetrators of these crimes accountable”.

“Extortion is a global crisis affecting teenagers in our country and around the world. That’s why the FBI works with our national and international law enforcement partners to prevent young people from falling victim to this tragic crime and to force those who target our youth must be held accountable no matter where they are in the world. yes,” said James A. Tarasca, special agent in charge of the FBI in Michigan.

The three defendants, all from Lagos, Nigeria, are charged in a four-count indictment. First Count, accused Samuel Ogoshi of sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor resulting in death in connection with the death of Jordan DeMay. The crime carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison.

Count 2 accused the three men of conspiring to sexually exploit minors by forcing the minors to create child pornography images that the defendants then used to blackmail the minors. . The crime carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison. Count 3 accused the three men of conspiring to distribute child pornography for sending child pornographic images to minors and their families and friends.

The crime carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison.

Count 4 charges  Internet Stalking Conspiracy for participating in this scheme of sexual blackmail against both minors and young adults. The crime carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison. All charges contain provisions for fines, compensation and supervision of release from prison.

Antoinette Oche-Obe Cooperation Office, Central Authority Unit, Attorney General’s Office Ministry of Justice; Executive Director Abdulkarim Chukkol, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission; and Senior Prosecutor Pius Akutah, Central Authority Unit, Attorney General’s Office Ministry of Justice; Federal Ministry of Justice of Nigeria, Economic and Financial Crime Commission of Nigeria (EFCC); Central Authority Unit of the Ministry of Justice of Nigeria; and the Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Speaking, EFCC President Abdulrasheed Bawa said, “International cooperation is key. Over the past two years, this coordination has enhanced efforts related to extradition, deportation, and other legal or mutual assistance between Nigeria and the United States in relation to economic and financialcrimes”.

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