The former Bronx resident was arrested in Ghana on 14 April, before he was extradited on 6 August,2021
Tourey Ahmed Rufai, a fraudster from Ghana has been extradited to the United States on Friday to serve his four years sentence after he fled to his home country to avoid serving time.
The former Bronx resident was arrested in Ghana on 14 April, before he was extradited on 6 August.
Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, along with other officials, announced Rufai’s extradition.
His gang targeted elderly victims from at least 2014 through 2018.
According to court filings in Manhattan Federal Court:
Between 2014 and 2018, Rufai, was a member of a criminal enterprise, based in Ghana that was involved in defrauding more than 100 American businesses and individuals of more than $10 million through business email compromises and romance scams.
Rufai and his co-conspirators received or otherwise directed the receipt of millions of dollars in fraud proceeds from victims of the Enterprise in bank accounts that they controlled in the Bronx, New York.
Some of these bank accounts were opened using fake names, stolen identities, or shell companies in order to avoid detection and hide the true identities of the members of the Enterprise controlling those accounts.
Once the defendants received the fraud proceeds in bank accounts under their control, the defendants withdrew, transported, and laundered those fraud proceeds to other members of the Enterprise, including those located in Ghana.
Rufai, 33, was released on bail shortly after his arrest on January 9, 2018, on conditions including a $150,000 bond co-signed by three individuals, surrender of all travel documents, and home detention with electronic monitoring through an ankle bracelet but still fled to Ghana.