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Nigerian brothers plead guilty to sextortion scam following Michigan teen’s suicide

A pair of Nigerian brothers pleaded guilty to conspiring to sexually exploit American minors after a 17-year-old Michigan boy committed suicide as a result of their online sextortion program.

Samuel Ogoshi, 22, and Samson Ogoshi, 20, were both extradited from Lagos to the United States in August 2023 after being linked to the death of Jordan DeMaywho shot himself in March 2022 after being tricked into sending explicit photos of himself, NBC News reported.

Using a Catfish Instagram account called “@dani.robertts,” officials said the brothers, along with a third suspect, pretended to be a girl who seemed interested in DeMay until he sent the pictures.

The Nigerian scammers then demanded $1,000 with the threat of publishing the images.

“I can send this [sic] Nudes to everyone and send your nudes too until it goes viral,” Samuel written to the Marquette, MI, teen, loud New York Post.

DeMay paid only $300, to which Samuel responded with further threats that he would send the underage pornographic material to the high school student’s family and friends.

The student was later found dead in his home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound on March 25, 2022, the outlet reported.

While the Ogoshis were successfully brought to Michigan to stand trial, the third alleged fraudster, Ezekiel Robert, has appealed his extradition and remains in Nigeria.

On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Mark Totten announced that the brothers “each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of teenagers,” a Press release stated.

The offense carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years.

The criminal pair were initially presented with additional charges of conspiracy to distribute child pornography and conspiracy to commit internet stalking in connection with “dozens” of other cases in the US, but these were dropped in exchange for their guilty plea, they said post.

“Today’s guilty pleas represent an extraordinary success in the prosecution of international sextortion,” Totten said. “These convictions will send a message to criminals in Nigeria and around the world: by working with our partners here and abroad, we can find you and bring you to justice.”

He continued, “I hope that these guilty pleas also bring some relief to the family of Jordan DeMay, who died as a result of this crime.” Of course, the work is not done yet. The Ogoshi brothers await sentencing later this year and we are still seeking the extradition of the third defendant, Ezekiel Robert.”

Prosecutors noted that the investigation was a joint effort by the FBI, the Marquette Sheriff’s Department, the Michigan State Police Cybercrimes Unit, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs, the U.S. Department of State, and the Department of Commerce and Financial Crimes Commission of Nigeria and the Nigerian Attorney General’s Office.

“Financial sextortion is an increasing and very serious threat to our minors across the country and this case has shaken the core of our Michigan community,” said Cheyvoryea Gibson, Special Agent in Charge of the Michigan FBI. “We encourage the public to have open and honest conversations with their loved ones about sextortion and to be aware of the warning signs.”

The case against Robert is still pending.

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