US set to jail Nigerian woman Temitope Olaiya in triplet of crimes
Just an Illustration an Illustration: a file photo of Nigerian girl Josephine Iyamu convicted for trafficking prostitutes into UKA Nigerian born-woman Temitope Ayoni Olaiya, a.k.a Tammy Olaiya, faces on 28 February, 2020 a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison within the importation of 7kg of cocaine into the United States.The 40 year-old girl also faces sentencing for her role in a bank fraud scheme, and to making false statements regarding fraudulent claims submitted for reimbursement to Medicaid.She pleaded guilty to all the offences. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine E. Rumbaugh is prosecuting the case, according to a statement by Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia.Olaiya, a Nigerian immigrant who has spent the past two decades with the privilege of living in the United States as lawful permanent resident, clearly has zero respect for American laws pertaining to our boundaries, controlled substances, our fiscal system, or our health care system.”According to court documents, Tammy residing in Hyattsville, Maryland, recruited men from the greater Washington, D.C. area to act as drug courier; i.e., to travel to foreign countries to obtain drugs to bring back into the USA.Bank accounts opened in the couriers’ names, assisted them in obtaining visas and passports, and booked their travel arrangements. The couriers that Olaiya recruited traveled to São Paulo, Brazil, where they picked up kilogram quantities of cocaine hidden in the lining of attaché cases or briefcases. Altogether, law enforcement seized almost seven kilograms of cocaine at three different U.S. airports from three distinct couriers recruited by Olaiya.In addition to the cocaine importation scheme, Olaiya also submitted falsified and fraudulent claims to the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), a healthcare benefit program funded by Medicaid.Olaiya worked as a personal care aide for various home health agencies in the Washington D.C. area, and so as to get payment for services rendered, Olaiya was required to submit timesheets signed by her customers documenting the services rendered. Rather than submitting time sheets for time actually worked providing health care services, Olaiya recruited Medicaid recipients to act as her”patients” and to sign her falsified timesheets in return for a small amount of money as a kickback. On at least two occasions, Olaiya billed DHCF for home health services while she was Olaiya also used her goods business that is African, she claimed to have provided, FINEST FASSHIONS AFRICAN FABRICS in 7429 Hyaatsville in Maryland to perform a bank fraud, Annapolis Road. Olaiya used accounts with payment platforms Square and Stripe to make fraudulent charges on stolen credit card numbers. Between June and December 2017 $381,500 in credit card charges to the Stripe account.Thereafter, Olaiya switched over to Square, and in about two months’ course, racked up more than $100,000 in fraudulent charges. Olaiya created handwritten, falsified invoices documenting items and provided the invoices when Square informed Olaiya the trade had been challenged by the account holder.The OCDETF program is a national multi-agency task force which provides funding that is supplemental to federal and state agencies. The mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, money laundering organisations, and weapons trafficking, and those responsible for the country’s illegal drug supply.The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C., and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the DC Office of Inspector General provided considerable assistance with the analysis.