Samuel Ogoshi, 22, and Samson Ogoshi, 20, of Lagos, Nigeria, have been extradited to the United States from Nigeria to face prosecution after being indicted in May 2023 for s*xually extorting numerous young men and teenage boys in the Western District of Michigan and across the country, US. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Mark Totten announced today.
Samuel Ogoshi was also charged with being the cause of death of
Jordan DeMay, a 17-year-old from Marquette, Michigan, was discovered dead in March 2022 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“Sxtortion is a horrible crime,” said U.S. Attorney Mark Totten. “To those who commit these crimes: we will pursue you around the world. And to those who are victims: please know we stand ready to help you.” U.S. Attorney Totten continued: “I am extremely pleased with how swiftly extradition efforts moved forward and are grateful to the FBI and our Nigerian law enforcement partners for their unyielding work to secure justice in this international sxual exploitation investigation.”
“Financial s*xtortion is a global crisis that impacts teens in our country and around the world,” said Devin J. Kowalski, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Michigan. “As this case demonstrates, the FBI is committed to working closely with our domestic and international law enforcement partners to prevent young men and women from becoming victims of this tragic crime.”
The first court appearance for the extradited suspects is set for Monday in the federal courthouse in Grand Rapids, at a time to be determined by the judge. The United States requested that Samuel and Samson Ogoshi be imprisoned in Nigeria in January 2023.
Nigerian prosecutors managed the extradition procedure on behalf of the United States. Honorable Justice B.F.M. Nyako ordered the two Ogoshis to be turned over to the US on July 20 so they may respond to the charges outlined in the indictment.
The final surrender order was signed on August 3 by B.E. Jedy Agba, Solicitor-General of the Nigerian Federation, giving the United States permission to transport the Ogoshis to West Michigan.
Samson and Samuel Ogoshi were charged in May 2023 on four counts, including In connection with Jordan DeMay’s passing, Samuel Ogoshi is accused in Count 1 of sxual exploitation and attempted sxual exploitation of a minor that resulted in death. The offense carries a minimum required sentence of 30 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison. Both men are accused in count two of conspiring to sxually exploit children by having the children create child pornographic photos that the defendants then utilized as leverage against the children. The crime carries a required minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years. In Count 3, both men are accused of conspiring to distribute child pornography by sending the photographs to the children’s family and acquaintances. The charge carries a required minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of twenty years in jail. Count 4 accuses both men of conspiring to engage in online stalking of both minors and young adults through their participation in this sxtortion enterprise. The maximum sentence for the offense is five years in prison. Fines, reparations, and supervised release after their release from prison are all conditions of all charges.
According to the grand jury, the defendants purchased social media accounts that had been hacked and used them to appear as young women to entice male teenagers and young adults into s*xual discussions. One of the used accounts was a “dani.robertts”-a branded Instagram account that was used to interact with Jordan DeMay just before his passing. After starting a chat with the victims, the defendants simultaneously conducted online searches using Google and other tools to learn more about them, including their addresses, places of employment or attendance, and the names of their family and friends.
According to the grand jury, the defendants allegedly asked their victims to create and email them s*xually graphic pictures. After receiving the explicit images, the defendants made collages using the images and other images of the victims found on social media, such as pictures of the victims’ homes, families, and friends. The defendants then demanded money from their victims or else they would post the collages online and reveal them to others, including their family, friends, and classmates. According to the grand jury, the defendants tried to extort more than 100 persons and engaged in this extortion.
Ezekial Ejehem Robert, the third defendant, is still awaiting extradition.