Toronto 'romance scam' linked to $5B FBI fraud probe
Toronto widow allegedly defrauded of approximately $609,000
Three GTA men have been arrested in connection with an alleged cross-border money laundering scheme totalling $5 billion, including a man accused of posing as a UN ambassador.
Toronto Police made the link back in 2014 when they started investigating what they call a "romance scam."
It involved a 63-year-old widow from Toronto who was allegedly defrauded of approximately $609,000.
Peel Regional Police arrested Ikechukwu Amadi, 34, of Mississauga, and Lineo Molefe, 31, of Toronto on Oct. 7.
Both are charged with laundering the proceeds of crime and fraud over $5,000.
That investigation led to the arrest of a third man who police believe is a member of a transnational criminal organization known as The Black Axe or Neo-Black Movement of Africa.
Akohomen Ighedoise, 41, of Toronto, is charged with laundering the proceeds of crime, fraud over $5000, and participating in a criminal organization.
Police allege the Black Axe or Neo-Black Movement is intimidating members of the Nigerian community in the GTA to extort money.
Ighedoise and Amadi are among six people indicted by the FBI in connection with a $5 billion money laundering scheme involving wire transfers.
Ighedoise also allegedly posed as a UN ambassador with forged identification dating back to 2011.
He also allegedly used the alias Martin Acker or Martins Acker Jr. to interact with people online.
Toronto Police want to speak to anyone who interacted with a person using those names.