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Eight foreign nationals have appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court to face charges related to internet scams, social media dating scams, money laundering and international financial fraud in which they allegedly stole more than R100 million.

Warrants for the men’s arrests were issued in the United States, which is expected to apply for an extradition order for them to face a raft of scharges in that country.

Perry Osagiede, Enorense Izevbiege, Franklin Edosa Osagiede, Osariemen Eric Clement, Collins Owhofasa Otughwor, Musa Mudashiru, Prince Ibeabuchi Mark and Toritseju Gabriel Otubu appeared in court on Wednesday morning. 

“This was a first appearance pending an extradition application by the United States of America government where warrants for their arrests were issued,” National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said in a statement.

The warrants for the dating scam suspects’ arrests were issued in New Jersey and Texas.

 In America they are charged with:

•Wire fraud conspiracy in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section (s) k1349; 

•Wire fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Secrion (s) 1343 and 2

•Money laundering conspiracy in violation of Title, United States Code Section(s) 1956(h)

•Aggravated identity theft in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section(s) 1028A and 2.

“The accused fraudulent activities caused at least $6, 8m losses to American citizens and others around the world. They intend to apply for bail pending the extradition application. The state will oppose the bail application as it believes the accused are a flight risk, are likely to tamper with evidence electronically and some are in the country illegally as their passports expired,” he said.

Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) spokesperson, Colonel Katlego Mogale earlier said that the police had arrested the alleged dating scam fraudsters, aged between 33 and 52, in a joint operation that was initiated based on the mutual legal assistance of central authorities in the United states of America.

The dating scam suspects’ bail application was postponed to Tuesday, 26 October 2021 and Thursday, 28 October 2021.

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