Nigerian defrauds Red Cross by claiming to be a hurricane victim

A 38-year-old Nigerian man, Olanrewaju A. Beyioku who was arrested for defrauding the American Red Cross by claiming he was a Hurricane Harvey victim, was on Thursday charged before a U.S. District Court.

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The Nigerian man who was accused of wire fraud, reportedly cashed $3,600 in federal disaster relief vouchers provided by the Red Cross in October 2017. The Red Cross had set up a link on its website, where hurricane victims could apply for a one-time $400 cash assistance payment that could be redeemed with a reference code at a Walmart money center or customer service desk, according to the complaint.

After the codes were distributed in September 2017, Red Cross “received multiple calls reporting that people who were not hurricane victims were cashing in multiple reference codes at various Walmart stores across the United States.”

“The total loss to the Red Cross is over $1.3 million,” the complaint states.

The Walmart in the 7800 block of Cabela Drive in Hammond had 81 fraudulent transactions totaling $32,400 between Oct. 12 and Oct. 16, 2017, according to the complaint. Nine of those transactions, amounting to $3,600, were made between Oct. 12 and Oct. 13, 2017, by Beyioku, it states.  All of the reference codes that were redeemed by Beyioku were sent to variations of the same email address, court records state.

“Beyioku was not the intended recipient of any of the disaster relief reference codes,” the complaint states. “In fact, the Red Cross allotted each household affected by Hurricane Harvey only one reference code.”

After an investigation, federal authorities determined 9 of the transaction were conducted by Beyioku. He was identified in a photo array by a clerk at Walmart. Authorities also traced the ill-gotten money back to his bank accounts.


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  1. Nigerians… I am so ashamed the way some Nigerians embarrass this country…God…we are known everywhere for doing the negative…May God help us.

  2. I keep wondering why some of our youths these days prefer not not to work hard for themselves. Must you get help from people through the wrong way? I advice that you come down and join NNU.

  3. When will all this foolishness be over. Is it only Nigeria that is the only country in this world. Shame Dey catch me for here now

  4. Sometimes I feel Nigerians are blessed, we got brains but the situation of the country never allow us to use our brain in the right way but for criminal act. God bless Nigeria.

  5. Nigerians need to stop adding to the bad reputation we already have outside our country. I’m not happy with him a disgrace to his family and the country in large.

  6. Seriously Nigeria is in deep shit because Nigerians outside are not representing us well this bad name we are giving ourselves has to stop before it consumes us.

  7. Greedy nigerians. Even as you smart enuogh and got one why not take it and go.dubious son of a bitch. Dont come back to this country oo

  8. I hope we don’t become number 1 in the list of most corrupt country in the world…things happening around is becoming worrisome.

  9. I am so ashamed of Nigeria now, why is there bad fellow in this country that will want to tarnish Nigerian image in other country.

  10. Nigeria men with their negative thought of having money when they have a privilege in a place where they can secure a good job.

  11. I’m so tired of Nigerians and fraudulent acts.. What’s all these for Christ sake? Is it a curse? Can’t we be known for good things lone? I’m so ashamed

  12. The height of poverty and desperation! Money meant for people who naturak disasters ruined their lives….thank God he has been caught,shame,shame ,shame he is a Nigerian.

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