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Man Charged In Federal Fraud Scheme That Has Northwoods Connection


An alleged fraud scheme that involved Northwoods residents has brought about the indictment of a Texas man.

The U.S. Attorney for Western Wisconsin has brought charges against Emmanuel Odiah of Dallas, Texas. He also is known as James Princeton and Ryan Morrisson. The indictment alleges that Odiah opened bank accounts in New York and Georgia using fraudulent United Kingdom passports, and that he and co-conspirators in Nigeria and Ghana created fake profiles on internet dating sites, gained victims’ trust, and then defrauded victims out of money in a variety of ways.

The indictment alleges that victims of this scheme in Wisconsin, Georgia, California, and Florida transferred money to the bank accounts controlled by Odiah.

The indictment also alleges Odiah’s co-conspirators directed an individual to wire transfer $66,800 from a bank account in Woodruff, Wisconsin to an account in New York controlled by Odiah.

He was arrested on July 10 in Texas and was brought to the Western District of Wisconsin.

The charge against Odiah is the result of an investigation by federal agencies and the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office.

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