Charles Umeh Chidi
Waya Nwaki (AKA Prince Abuja, AKA USAPrince12k)
Osarhieme Uyi Obaygbona (AKA bside)
Marvin Dion HIll (AKA Nyhiar Da Boss, AKA Nihiar Springs)
The case was officially unsealed on January 20, 2012, as the suspects were rounded up, chiefly Olaniyi Jones Makinde, who was arrested that week in Lagos, Nigeria:
Romance: Nigeria StyleAlthough this is what would normally be thought of as a "Nigerian Scam Ring" many of the players were already in the United States and had been for some time. Olaniyi, pictured above, is better known to Americans as his romantic alter ego, Brenda Stuart (email@example.com, age 35, London, b.Feb 21, 1977)
"Brenda" would "fall in love" with various men that "she" met online, and then have various financial hardships which required the men to send money to her overseas accounts. Several "Money Mules" (called "Maga" in the Nigerian lingo) would assist with getting the money back to Jones via Western Union or Moneygram.
According to BekkyBlog Olaniyi Victor Makinde, also known as Andrea Bradley and Olaniyi Jones was originally arrested on September 6, 2011 by FBI agents working with Nigerian authorities on charges brought by the San Francisco division of the FBI related to two marriage scams where he harvested $620,225.04 from two American victims, Marilou Sibbaluca and John Massoni. While waiting in the Olokuta medium prison, he was charged again in the current New Jersey case. According to the blogger, Olanyiy was a recent graduate of the University of Ado Ekiti.