U.S. Department of Justice reported the sentencing of 43-year-old Nigerian fraudster Olumide Ogunremi, also known as "Tony Williams". He was accused of involvement in computer hacking and identity theft.
According to court documents, from July to December 2013, Ogunremi and his associates attacked US government agencies and General Services Administration providers by email. The scammers sent out phishing emails and links to sites that mimicked real letters and resources from US government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency. When unsuspecting people visited such fake pages and entered their credentials there, they ended up in the hands of hackers.
The stolen credentials were used to access employees' mailboxes to order office supplies on their behalf, mostly printer toner cartridges. The fraudsters bought the products from suppliers authorized to do business with US government agencies.
The attackers asked sellers to deliver orders to their people in New Jersey and other places, where they were quickly repackaged and then shipped overseas to points of sale controlled by Ogunremi and his associates. The cartridges then went on sale on the black market. In total, the criminals defrauded office supply suppliers worth about $ 1,000,000, according to the Justice Department.
In 2018, Ogunremi tried to flee to Canada after being convicted, but from there he was extradited back to the United States in September 2019. He was now sentenced to 36 months in prison, as well as two years under supervision and paid $ 68,618 in damages.