at Pages 2 - 3 of the ComplaintAfter Victim-1 sent money, "Aggie Gonzales" claimed that she was injured in Canada and needed Victim-I to send her additional money to cover hospital bills.". . .[A]n individual purporting to be "Dr. Ben Levy," a doctor in Brazil, sent Victim-1 a photograph of a woman in a hospital bed and stated the following:Aggie's situation is getting serious, I was informed by one of the nurses assigned to her that she noticed she was stooling blood, though she's been given medications to stop it, this is to say that her inner bleeding is getting worse and right now blood has flown down to her digestive organs and that is not a good sign at all. I plead with you on behalf of her to please save this woman's life. I understand that you may be doing the best you can but you need to know that time is not on her side.
10. As a part of the scheme, Victim-1 was told that Victim-1 would have to send wire transfers to cover various fees and taxes to a bank account in the name of Kenny Global Enterprise LLC, Okuonghae's entity. Victim-1 was told that Kenny Global Enterprise LLC was a subsidiary of Alphacoin Lab. Victim-1 was also told further that Victim-1 could invest further funds in cryptocurrency by sending funds to Kenny Global Enterprises' bank account.11. In or around November 2021, a representative from Alphacoin sent an email to Victim-1 containing bank account information for Victim-1 to deposit money into, purportedly to resolve an issue related to Victim-1 wanting to withdraw money from his account. The bank account listed was in the name of Kenny Global Enterprises LLC at Bank-1.12. In or around April 2022, Victim-1 mailed a $29,000 certified check made payable to "Kenny Okuonghae" to an address in Edison, New Jersey.13. As a part of the scheme, Victim-1 was also instructed to wire money to Okuonghae's Kenny Global Enterprise account at Bank-2.14. A representative from Bank-2 reached out to Okuonghae about Victim-1 's wire transfers to Okuonghae's Kenny Global Enterprises, LLC business bank account. In or around January 2022, Okuonghae called Bank-2 and provided them with information that was different than what Victim-1 told the bank. Okuonghae did not mention cryptocurrency investment as a reason for having received the funds. Okuonghae falsely told the bank representative that his business bank account was an operating account for his car parts business. Okuonghae also falsely told the bank that Victim-l's wire transfers were to purchase car engines and car parts, and Okuonghae claimed that he had known Victim-1 for five years and had purchased car parts for Victim-1 in the past.
at Pages 1 - 2 of the Complainte. "Pig Butchering" is a term derived from the Chinese word "Shazhupan," and referred to an Internet scheme that is believed to have originated in China. The scheme involves a romance scam victim developing what the victim perceives to be a romantic relationship online with the perpetrator. The perpetrator emotionally "fattens" the victim up before enticing the victim to invest in a fake cryptocurrency scheme and then, metaphorically, "slaughters" the victim by taking the victim's real money that he or she placed in the fake cryptocurrency investment scheme.
16. On or about January 9, 2022, Victim-2 received an email from someone purporting to be "Matthew J. Penny." "Matthew J. Penny" told Victim-2 that Victim-2 could lease the rental property, but that Victim-2 needed to wire money to an account to secure the rental. Victim-2 was advised further that Victim-2 would not be able to view the home until the current tenant moved out approximately one month later.17. On or about January 11, 2022, Victim-2 wired approximately $4,100.00 to Okuonghae's Kenny Global Enterprises bank account at Bank-2. Approximately two days later, Victim.-2 was notified by Victim-2's bank that Victim-2 may have been the victim of a fraud scheme. Victim-2 then drove to the address of the home listed on the rental agreement and knocked on the door to ask the current tenant if they were vacating the home in a month. The tenant of the home told Victim-2 that she was not moving, that Victim-2 was he victim of a scam, and that other people had come to the home with similar inquiries.
19. In or around the middle of 2019, Victim-3 met an individual purporting to be named "Perry Colman" on an online dating website. "Perry Colman" told Victim-3 that he was from Manchester, England, and always wore sunglasses when they video chatted. Victim-3 and "Perry Colman" discussed plans to purchase a house together and get married.20. Eventually, "Perry Colman" asked Victim-3 to send him money to help with his business in China and Istanbul, and even convinced Victim-3 to quit Victim-3's job. "Perry Colman" told Victim-3 that he had been injured to a degree that required hospitalization. Victim-3 received a call from a woman claiming to be "Perry Colman's" neurosurgeon, who requested that Vicitm-3 send approximately $8,000 to cover the costs of "Perry Colman's" hospitalization and care.21. A review of records obtained for one of "Perry Colman's" email accounts reflects a message directing money to be sent to Okuonghae's Kenny Global Enterprises Bank-3 account and other bank accounts controlled by other individuals.22. In or around October 2019, Victim-3 wired approximately $15,000 to Okuonghae's Bank-3 account in the name of Kenny Global Enterprises LLC. The wire noted that it was for a "personal loan."
24. Victim-4 told law enforcement that Victim-4 met a man who went by the name "Adelbert Gunther" on an online dating website in or around August 2020 and regularly communicated with him. "Adelbert Gunther'' directed Victim-4 to wire money to Okuonghae's Bank-4 account in the name of Kenny Global Enterprises LLC.25. Records from Victim-4's bank account reflect that in or around August 2020, Victim-4 transferred approximately $15,000 to Okuonghae's Bank-4 account in the name of Kenny Global Enterprises.
29. In or around June 2022, a representative from Victim-5's bank became suspicious of large cashier's checks being procured by Victim-5's accounts. Victim-S told bank representatives that Victim-5 had met a woman on an online dating website named "Jodie DeSidero." "Jodie DeSidero" told Victim-5 that she was a former army general who used to be deployed in Syria, where she had over a million dollars in Syrian bank accounts. "Jodie DeSidero" promised Victim-5 that if Victim-5 helped her get her money out of Syria, she would give Victim-5 a million dollars. After forming an emotional bond with "Jodie DeSidero," Victim-5 agreed to purchase cashier checks and make them all made payable to "Kenny Okuonghae." Victim-5, at "Jodie DeSidero's" instruction, mailed the cashier's checks to an address in New Jersey.30. Records from Victim-5's bank reflect that Victim-5 obtained cashier's checks made payable to "Kenny Okuonghae," including the following on or about the following dates:
a. June 13, 2022, in the approximate amount of $15,000;b. June 17, 2022, in the approximate amount of $37,800;c. June 22, 2022, in the approximate amount of $44,540; andd. June 24, 2022, in the approximate amount of $28,600
32. Victim-6 informed Victim-6's bank that Victim-6 had been communicating with an individual named "Jodi DeSiderio," whom he met through an online dating site. "Jodi DeSiderio" told Victim-6 that she was a high-ranking military official in Syria who needed Victim-6's financial assistance to obtain a package that was caught in customs.33. In or around July 2022, Victim-6 obtained two cashier's checks made payable to "Kenny Okuonghae," one in the approximate amount of $14,995 and the other in the approximate amount of $39,890.