Police Department Make Arrest In Year Long Wire Fraud Investigation
Mount Prospect Police Make Arrest In Year Long Wire Fraud And Money Laundering Investigation
Samson O. Alimi
On Thursday, May 12, 2016, the Mount Prospect Police Department Investigations Unit arrested and charged Samson O. Alimi, 29 years old, of 3233 W. Olive Avenue #2N, Chicago, IL after a year-long investigation with one felony count of Wire Fraud, one felony count of Money Laundering and one felony count of Continuing a Criminal Enterprise.
On April 23, 2015, a Mount Prospect Police Investigator, along with the assistance of the Walmart Corporation Regional Investigators and MoneyGram Financial Intelligence Unit Investigators, identified and began looking into Samson O. Alimi as part of a criminal organization conducting various internet fraud scams. The investigation showed that Alimi had received/picked up over $600,000.00 in United States Currency in over 500 separate MoneyGram money wire transfers from unknowing victims sending the money under false pretenses between April 23, 2015 and April 23, 2016.
On Thursday, May 12, 2016, members of the Mount Prospect Police Department, along with members of the Chicago Police Department, took Alimi into custody and executed search warrants on Alimi’s residence and vehicle. Located during the searches were 29 fraudulent driver’s licenses with Alimi’s picture on them, as well as boxes of MoneyGram and Walmart receipts.
Alimi was taken to a bond hearing at the 3rd District Circuit Court of Cook County in Rolling Meadows on May 13, 2016. Judge Cataldo set Alimi’s bond at $200,000.00 “D”. His next court date is June 9, 2016 in room 108 of the 3rd District Circuit Court of Cook County in Rolling Meadows.
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