Kelechi Declan James, Nigerian born New Yorker on FBI wanted list for $5 million fraud

Kelechi Declan James / FBIPhoto: FBI

According to a press statement released by the FBI’s New York field office, the Nigerian born New Yorker, Kelechi Declan James, 32, ran an online scheme with four co-conspirators that tricked victims into wiring money to bank accounts the victims believed were owned by family members.

Authorities said James is known to frequent several neighborhoods, including East New York, Brownsville, and Flatbush.

He is described to be six feet tall and weighing about 175 pounds.

According to the FBI, the accused has federal criminal charges against him from an investigation by FBI New York’s Cyber Crime Task Force.

As alleged in a complaint sworn out of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, Kelechi Declan James, along with four other co-conspirators, ran an e-mail compromise scheme that resulted in losses of more than $5 million for their victims.

As part of scheme, the suspect, Kelechi Declan James, and his co-conspirators allegedly defrauded victims across the US by tricking them into wiring money to bank accounts the victims believed were owned by friends or business associates. They did this in two ways: by overtaking an e-mail account of an individual trusted by the victim and then requesting money be wired to a bank account; or by developing a relationship of trust with victim like an Internet romance and then asking the victim to wire money, the American agency said.

As soon as the money was wired, it would be moved from one account to another, and the funds would be withdrawn. Kelechi Declan James’s role in this scheme was to withdraw the money from bank accounts, the FBI said.

The FBI is offering a reward for information leading to his arrest.

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