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Orange County Resident Charged in Nigerian Oil Scam

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on June 12, 2014 · 0 comments

in Los Angeles, Orange County, Theft / Shoplifting, White Collar Crime

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san juan capistrano criminal defense lawyerA Utah man has been charged with wire fraud in a more than $1 million Nigerian oil Ponzi scheme. Some of the money was solicited when he lived in Orange County.

Brandon Benson is accused of trying to persuade his victims to hand over more than $1.5 million for phony oil investments in Nigeria. Benson told investors that the oil shipments would be purchased in Africa and then shipped to different locations and sold at a higher price. But instead, Benson used new investors’ money to pay off old investors. Seven people invested with Benson from 2007 to 2010. He has been charged with four counts of wire fraud.

Wire fraud is a federal offense that involves fraud committed with the use of telephones or electronic communication. It consists of two elements that have to be proven: a scheme to defraud someone, and the use of telephone or electronic communication to carry out the fraud. It can carry a sentence of up to 20 years.

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