A Nigerian man is on the wanted list of the US authorities in connection with an international gang accused of committing $560 million in cybercrime fraud.
Anthony Nnamdi Okeakpu, 29, is wanted on behalf of US authorities for allegedly being a member of the Infraud Organisation, the country’s department of justice said.
They described the case as “one of the largest cyber fraud enterprise prosecutions ever undertaken by the department of justice.”
He is one of 36 suspects from across the globe indicted over their roles within the group, which is said to have committed “large-scale acquisition, sale and dissemination” of stolen identities, debit and credit cards and other sensitive information.
One advert posted on Infraud’s online forum in 2011 claimed to have 795,000 log-ins for British customers of HSBC, the indictment says.
Mr Okeakpu, who used aliases including “Aslike1″, “Aslike”, “Moneymafia” and “Shilonng”, could face up to 20 years in a US jail if he is extradited, the country’s authorities say.
David Rybicki, the deputy assistant attorney general who supervises organised crime and gangs, told a press briefing in Washington that Mr Okeakpu faces racketeering conspiracy charges.
“He joined the organisation in 2010 – he was a VIP member, he was promoted to that level by one of the administrators and leaders of the organisation, Svyatoslav Bondarenko,” he said.
Mr Rybicki said that members of the group did not know the others.