'Nigerian Prince' Arrested In SJC

A traffic stop in St. Johns County led to the arrest of a man suspected in an international theft operation based out of Africa.

Olusegun Odunwole, 33, was one of four people recently indicted in Fort Worth, Texas, on charges of organized criminal activity.

Following the indictment, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Odunwole was captured Wednesday morning during a traffic stop on Interstate 95. St. Johns County deputies pulled him over after receiving 911 complaints about a freight truck with a roof that appeared to be coming off.

“I’m very glad to hear that he was captured without incident and I’m looking for his extradition back to Texas to answer charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, which is a first-degree felony here in Texas," said Tarrant County, Texas, Prosecutor Lori Varnell.

According to authorities in multiple U.S. jurisdictions, Odunwole and the other three suspects who were indicted were part of a criminal organization, based in Africa, that targets seniors by stealing their retirement money via convincing phone calls.


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