A Romanian man wanted by the FBI for the last 10 years his involvement in a crime ring that sold yachts, cars and other luxury goods that didn’t exist has been arrested. country.
Fugitive Daniel Dumitru Boşogioiu was detained on Aug. 25 in the Romanian capital when he went to pick up his new identity document.
His arrest came shortly after the U.S. issued an extradition request for him. The FBI has offered a reward of up to $750,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the suspect.
Mr Boşogioiu, 40, had been on the FBI’s ‘black list’ since 2010. He was subsequently put on the FBI’s ‘most wanted list.”
The Bucharest Court of Appeal put him under judicial control pending an extradition request to the U.S.
Romanian site Adevărul. said he was the right-hand man of Nicolae Popescu, the leader of a criminal group which sold the yachts and other luxury items on sites such as eBay and Cars.com. It defrauded victims out of 3 million dollars. The FBI has a 1 million dollar bounty on his head.
A FBI poster says Mr Bosogoiu he charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering and passport fraud.
He is charged over his alleged participation in a sophisticated internet fraud scheme where criminal enterprise conspirators, based in Romania and elsewhere in Europe, posted advertisements on internet auction market sites for merchandise for sale.
These advertisements contained images and descriptions of vehicles and other items for sale which didn’t really exist.
The FBI said that conspirators posing as sellers negotiated via e-mail with unsuspecting buyers in the United States.
These „sellers” sent fraudulent invoices, that appeared to be from legitimate online payment services, to the buyers, with instructions for payment to bank accounts held by other conspirators in the United States.
These conspirators opened United States bank accounts under false identities using fraudulent passports made in Europe by other conspirators.
When victims wired money to an account identified on the false invoices, the conspirator associated with that account would be notified and then would withdraw the proceeds and send them via wire transfer to another conspirator based on e-mailed instructions.
A federal arrest warrant was issued for Mr Bosogioiu in December, 2012, in the United States District Court, in New York. He was indicted for a variety of offenses including conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering and passport fraud.