3/3/2015 – Nigerian Scammer Convicted Of On-Line Romance Fraud

After two days of testimony from a dozen witnesses at his criminal trial in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois, Olayinka Ilumsa Sunmola, 32, of Lagos, Nigeria, changed his plea on March 2, 2016, from “not guilty” to “guilty” on all eight counts of the federal indictment, James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois announced.

“Basically, the evidence established that Sunmola, a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, was the ringleader of a criminal organization operating within South Africa that targeted and stole from hundreds of women across the United States, including dozens in the St. Louis metropolitan area.” noted Acting United states Attorney Porter. “Our office will continue to pursue justice for these victims in Sunmola’s prison sentence and in our never-ending efforts to get restitution.”

Read the press release here.