DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Two Nigerians have been charged in a scheme that cost a Daniel Island business more than $350,000, FBI officials say.
Kingsley Chigozie Ndukwe and Chukwuma David Chinaka, both of Nigeria, were charged with conspiracy to access a protected computer, according to FBI spokesman Don Wood.
"These crimes are becoming more complex and pose a significant risk to thriving businesses and the economy of our state," Columbia Division Special Agent in Charge Jody Norris said. "As shown by this investigation, the FBI will cross the globe to find evidence and perpetrators."
Word of the arrests comes as the U.S. Department of Justice announced a large-scale effort to stop "Business Email Compromise" schemes. BEC schemes typically use fraud to entice a business employee to direct company funds into a bank account held by a criminal syndicate or individual fraudster, the release states.
The maximum penalty for each subject is imprisonment for 5 years and a $250,000.00 fine, Wood said.
"These crimes take only a few minutes to complete and can be done from anywhere," U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon said. "We will continue to combat the perpetrators and keep our vital business community in South Carolina secure."
FBI officials declined to identify the business on Daniel Island.