Two Nigerian men person been extradited to nan US and were scheduled to look successful deferral tribunal connected Monday, charged pinch sextortion and causing nan decease of 1 of their victims: a teen who was recovered dormant from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Samuel Ogoshi, 22, and Samson Ogoshi, 20, of Lagos, Nigeria, were indicted successful May connected 4 counts. The first count charges Samuel Ogoshi pinch intersexual exploitation and attempted intersexual exploitation of a minor, resulting successful death. This complaint unsocial carries a maximum punishment of life successful situation and a mandatory minimum of 30 years down bars.
The different 3 counts complaint some men pinch conspiracy to sexually utilization minors, conspiracy to administer kid pornography, and conspiracy to perpetrate stalking complete nan internet.
These charges each transportation a maximum of 30 years, 20 years and 5 years successful prison, respectively, pinch nan conspiracy to sexually utilization minors complaint carrying a mandatory minimum of 15 years.
"Sextortion is simply a horrible crime," US Attorney Mark Totten said successful a statement. "To those who perpetrate these crimes: we will prosecute you astir nan world. And to those who are victims: please cognize we guidelines fresh to thief you."
The 3 men allegedly victimized much than 100 group complete nan web.
According to nan expansive assemblage indictment [PDF], nan 2 men on pinch a 3rd suspect, 19-year-old Ezekiel Ejehem Robert, pretended to beryllium a young female via societal media accounts successful a strategy to con young men.
The trio allegedly convinced their victims to nutrient sexually definitive images of themselves, and past utilized nan photos for blackmail by threatening to nonstop them to nan boys' families, friends and classmates.
Robert's extradition is still pending.
In 1 circumstantial instance, Samuel Ogoshi allegedly utilized a clone persona "dani.robertts" connected Instagram, and sent a nonstop connection to 17-year-old Jordan DeMay of Marquette, Michigan.
During their chats, "she" convinced DeMay to nonstop a sexually definitive image of himself, which were past utilized to blackmail nan teen, according to nan tribunal documents.
The indictment says connected aliases astir March 25, 2022, DeMay received nan pursuing messages:
On March 25, 2022, nan 17-year-old was recovered dormant from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"As parents, we cannot statesman to ideate what Jordan went done that nighttime and really frightened he was because of this senseless act," DeMay's family said successful a connection [PDF].
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The teen's decease prompted an investigation by nan Marquette County Sheriff's Department and nan FBI, which led to nan indictment and nan arrests.
Earlier this year, FBI agents traveled to Nigeria to behaviour a associated investigation pinch Nigerian rule enforcement officials that yet led to nan arrests of nan Ogoshis and Robert.
In total, nan sextortion strategy suspects are alleged to person blackmailed complete 100 individuals, and nan indictment specifications 2 different teenage victims, identified arsenic "Victim 2" and "Victim 3."
When Victim 2 said he only had "$50 successful venmo and $100 cash," truthful not capable to salary nan $800 demand, Samson Ogoshi posing arsenic "danni" allegedly threatened him: "I will make you regret you life," and "I will make u perpetrate suicide." ®