United States Court Jails Hacker for Fraud Scheme Exceeding $2.6 Million

On 3rd September 2021, a hacker named Bamidele Muraina has been sentenced to a jail term of five years and ten months in the United States. 

According to a report by the Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Georgia, and seen by Contrivers Buzz, Muraina was sentenced for hacking into multiple tax preparation and accounting firms located in several states, including a Brunswick, Georgia-based accounting firm, between January 2018 and April 2020, to divert COVID-19 unemployment benefit for American workers and families. Muraina was convicted alongside a 33-year-old Gabriel Kalembo.

Muraina claimed unemployment insurance benefits worth over $2.6 million. He was said to have filed documents of fraudulent unemployment insurance claims and tax returns using stolen personally identifiable information and obtained the benefits of these claims from the Employments Sec Department of Washington State. 

According to the Report, “Bamidele Muraina engaged in a conspiracy to defraud the Employment Security Department of Washington State (“ESD-WA”) by filing dozens of fraudulent unemployment insurance (UI) claims in the names of identity theft victims who were not entitled to such benefits. As part of the same conspiracy, Gabriel Kalembo and his conspirators laundered and unlawfully obtained UI benefits from ESD-WA by purchasing and later negotiating hundreds of money orders. 

Muraina has been sentenced to five years and ten months imprisonment with three years of supervision after release and has also been asked to restitute the sum of $561,125.62, while Gabriel Kalembo has been sentenced to a jail term of four years and two months with supervision for two years and restitution of the sum of $298,008.71.

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