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Lynn man charged with money laundering, fraud

BOSTON — A Lynn man was charged in federal court on Tuesday in connection with money laundering and visa fraud after prosecutors say he falsely represented himself to be someone else when he opened a bank checking account.

Fortune Aikorogie, also known as Imuetinyan Aikorogie, 32, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with making a false statement to a bank, five counts of money laundering, and visa and passport fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

He was detained pending a detention hearing following his court appearance.

According to the indictment, Aikorogie falsely represented himself to be someone else when he opened a checking account at TD Bank in Dracut in September 2016.

Between Oct. 5 and Dec. 15 of that year, he committed money laundering when two fraud victims in Texas wired a total of $75,500 in the account, according to the indictment.

On Dec. 21 of that year, he was in possession of a counterfeit Zimbabwean passport and a U.S. visa, which were both in the same name he used to open the bank account.

Aikorogie faces up to 60 years in prison, 11 years of supervised release and a fine of $1 million, based on the combined charges, which all carry different sentences.

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