ALAMANCE COUNTY, NC (The Times-News) – A Maryland woman is in the Alamance County jail after a Mebane woman was victimized in an international scam.
Kofoworola Olaitan Oluseye, 42, of 7759 Riverdale Road, Apt. 302, Hyattsville, Md., is charged with identity theft, obtaining goods by false pretense, and uttering a forged instrument. She is in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail.
The Mebane woman reported the fraud July 1. She said she was contacted through a Scentsy business account by a “Jennifer Hunter,” who wanted to purchase $364.03 worth of Scentsy items.
“Jennifer” said she was deaf and couldn’t use a telephone, nor did she use credit cards, so she wanted to write the a check through a co-worker. The victim received a check for $2,500 bearing the name “Joseph Butler.”
“Jennifer” asked the woman to send her back $2,000 after she deposited the check, and the woman withdrew $2,000 from her account and deposited it into the account that “Jennifer” asked her to. The name on that account was Kofoworola Oluseye, account No. 1564390894 in a Woodforest National Bank branch at a Wal-Mart.
The victim deposited the money June 27. The next day, “Jennifer” asked to order more items using Amazon gift cards, and the woman realized she’d been scammed.
The forged check from “Joseph Butler” and “Carol J. Butler” was on an account that Security Service Federal Credit Union had closed because of fraudulent activity. The account the money was deposited in was Oluseye’s.
Bank records showed numerous large deposits going into that account and being transferred to Africa with a “WAVE” app as well as a money service called “BOSSREVOLUTIONMONEYXFE.” Between the large deposits were payroll deposits from “Human Touch” to “Oluseye Kofoworola.” Those monies were withdrawn at ATMs at 6210 Annapolis Road, near Oluseye’s residence.
Jacksonville, N.C., police were contacted because of a similar case involving Oluseye’s name and a deposit amount matching one found in Oluseye’s bank records.
Warrants were secured for Oluseye on July 22, but her brother told Prince George County, Md., deputies that she’d left the country for Nigeria and would not return for several months.
U.S. Customs informed Alamance County detectives Aug. 27 that Oluseye had boarded a plane in Nigeria bound for Detroit. There she was arrested and transferred to the Wayne County, Mich., Sheriff’s Office pending extradition. She arrived in Alamance County on Monday, Sept. 16.