- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Nigerian citizen, one of 21 people indicted in an Internet fraud scheme, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy.

U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis says in a news release that 30-year-old Teslim Olarewaju Kiriji of Lagos, Nigeria and Brownsburg, Indiana, was sentenced Thursday for conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Davis says Kiriji pleaded guilty to being part of an Internet-based scheme to defraud others through work-at-home and secret-shopper scams. Davis says the scheme allegedly involved bogus checks, money orders and traveler’s checks and the purchase of “high dollar” items with fraudulent credit card accounts.

The criminal case was filed after Homeland Security Investigations in Gulfport received a complaint from a Biloxi woman who reported she thought she’d been the victim of a scam.

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