A Nigerian man who committed an email scam of $850,000 hat was supposed to go to contractor Adolfson and Peterson Construction has been arrested, 3 years after committing the crime.
The man identified as Sherifdeen Mogaji, 39, was arrested by the Police on February 21, 2020 after using email scam to steal about $850,000 in bond construction money that was supposed to go to contractor Adolfson and Peterson Construction in 2017.
In 2017, investors believed Mogaji had fled to Nigeria. He has been booked into the Boulder County Jail in Texas, on suspicion of theft of $100,000 to $999,000, computer crime and forgery.
According to the arrest affidavit, Mogaji used a New York driver’s license number to open a TD Bank account where the funds were deposited. He allegedly spent around $371,000 in a few months and wired money to himself in Nigeria. .
He also spent $31,000 on student loan payments, according to the documents. The district first realized the scam when the contractor, Adolfson and Peterson Construction, asked for payments that already had been made.
The district said a sophisticated email that included a forged signature was sent to its office asking for a form to change routing information. The district then filled out the form and made four payments to a fraudulent account, which totaled $852,733.83.
About $500,000 were recovered by the authorities by freezing the fraudulent account. The district said insurance covered another $200,000, leaving the district with $172,000 stolen.