The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced on June 16 the addition of six Nigerian individuals to its list of those sanctioned for cyber crimes.
According to the official announcement, Nnamdi Orson Benson, Abiola Ayorinde Kayode, Alex Afolabi Ogushakin, Felix Osilama Okpoh, Micheal Olorunyomi and Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh are the individuals who joined the list of „OFAC Special Designated Nationals.
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The announcement does not mention the charges against the specially designated new nationals. However, the „CYBER2“ classification derives from the Obama administration, which issued an executive order establishing the category on April 1, 2015.
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The executive order authorized the Treasury to take action against problems related to cybercrime, including the promulgation of rules and regulations.
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On May 16, the U.S. Secret Service began circulating a warning note about a „well-organized“ Nigerian cybercrime network that committed large-scale fraud against multiple state unemployment insurance by supplanting individuals by filing applications through the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), with potential losses in the „hundreds of millions of dollars.
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However, the authorities have not confirmed that this cybercrime case is related to the recent Bitcoin Formula list, nor have they revealed any further information about the specific crimes committed by these Nigerian citizens.