Three Nigerians were convicted in a U.S. district court this week for carrying out an elaborate fraud scheme that spanned at least 16 years, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.
A U.S. attorney at the Southern District of Mississippi court sentenced Rasaq Aderoju Raheem to 115 years in prison, Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan to 95 years in prison, and Femi Alexander Mewase to 25 years in prison, the Justice Department said in a statement. The three were extradited from South Africa to Mississippi in July 2015.
Each defendant was found guilty of crimes involving mail fraud, wire fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud, and theft of government property. Raheem and Ayetolan were also convicted for their involvement in conspiracies to commit bank fraud and money laundering.
UPDATE: Bad reporting: U.S. attorneys don't sentence people, judges do. I'll go with the joke, however.