Greenbelt, Maryland – On Friday, a federal jury convicted a 50-year-old Greensboro man on a conspiracy to commit money laundering.
According to a Maryland Department of Justice news release, Olusola Olla was convicted of structuring financial transaction by a federal jury and faces a 25-year prison term.
Between January 2011 and May 2015, Olla took part in a nationwide coercion scheme through dating websites. He was part of a group that coerced elderly women and men into depositing money into fake accounts, according to court records. The millions of dollars deposited into the fake accounts were transferred to other accounts through cash withdrawals and cashier’s checks.
After appearing in federal court in North Carolina, Olla was transferred to Maryland.
Other members of the conspiracy include Olufemi Wilfred Williams, 26, of Owings Mills, Maryland; Mojisola Tinuola Popoola, 41, of Laurel, Maryland; Adeyinka Olumbunmi Awolaja, Jr., 33, of New Carrolltown, Maryland; Babtunde Emmanuel Popoola, 40, of Bowie, Maryland; Victor Oyewumi Oloyede, 41, of Laurel, Maryland: Mukhtar Danjuma Haruna, of Lagos, Nigeria; and Gebenga Benson Ogundele, 57, of Laurel, Maryland.
The group initiated romantic relationship through online date websites with elderly females and males. They went so far as to text, email, phone and chat with the individuals who resided in the United States, including Maryland.
The victims thought they were paying for the defendants’ hospital bills, foreign taxes and plane trips to visit them. The defendants received individual checks from the victims ranging from $1,720 to $30,000.