BOSTON — A Hingham man was arrested on Wednesday on federal expenses stemming from e mail scheme by which prosecutors mentioned he scammed individuals out of greater than $450,000.
Gustaf Njei, 26, was indicted on two counts of wire fraud, one rely of structuring to keep away from reporting necessities, one rely of illegal financial transactions and one rely of cash laundering conspiracy. Njei was launched on a promise to return to courtroom after an preliminary look.
In an indictment filed with courtroom, prosecutors mentioned that Njei together with different alleged scammers opened up financial institution accounts in Massachusetts that they tricked two victims into wiring cash into in 2017 utilizing spoof emails.
One sufferer, a Florida-based actual property firm, was tricked into wiring Njei $375,000 after he despatched them a faux e mail purporting to be an actual property agent the corporate was working with on a house closing, in accordance with prosecutors.
One other sufferer was an individual from New Jersey with a Merrill Lynch brokerage account. Prosecutors mentioned one in every of Njei’s associates took over the brokerage account after which tricked Merrill Lynch into transferring $85,000 into one in every of Njei’s again accounts.
Prosecutors mentioned Njei and his associates used a few of the cash at clothes and digital shops.
Njei faces as much as 20 years in jail. His lawyer, Leonard Milligan, declined to remark when reached by telephone on Thursday.
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