Friday, March 9, 2018

Nigerian Man Involved In Racketeering & Theft In US Arrested [Photo]

Eagle police have arrested one Babajide Ayowole Ogunnubi, 38, on felony racketeering and theft charges for his part in a classified ad scam involving the local newspaper and a Walmart in Beaumont, Texas.

Ogunnubi allegedly convinced Linda Lazard Franks, 56, of Beaumont, to sign for money orders and other financial transactions and then give the money to him. Franks told Eagle police that Ogunnubi told her that he had lots of friends in the Houston and Beaumont areas who would send money to him.

Eagle police say Ogunnubi stole at least $3,124.56 between Oct. 22 and Nov 28, 2017. He is being held on $100,000 bond.

For her part in all this, Franks faces five felonies. She is accused of stealing more than $28,000 in nine days through 28 fraudulent transactions, some of them from Eagle County victims, Eagle police say.

Franks was arrested Jan. 6 and remains in the Eagle County jail on $30,000 bond.