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Saturday, November 23, 2019

CEO Of Air Peace Airline Indicted For Bank Fraud And Money Laundering In The US...

The US Department of Jusitce on Friday November 22,2019 released a shocking report Indicting Allen Onyema,the CEO of Air Peace Airline of massive Bank Fraud and money laundering......








The report says....

''Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema, the Chairman, CEO, and founder of Air Peace, a Nigerian airline, has been charged with bank fraud and money laundering for moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of airplanes. 


 The international airline’s Chief of Administration and Finance, Ejiroghene Eghagha, has also been charged with bank fraud and committing aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme.

“Onyema allegedly leveraged his status as a prominent business leader and airline executive while using falsified documents to commit fraud,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “We will diligently protect the integrity our banking system from being corrupted by criminals, even when they disguise themselves in a cloak of international business.”

Robert J. Murphy, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division commented on the indictment, “Allen Onyema’s status as a wealthy businessman turned out to be a fraud. He corrupted the U.S. banking system, but his trail of deceit and trickery came to a skidding halt. DEA would like to thank the many law enforcement partners and the subsequent prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office who aided in making this investigation a success.”

“This case is a prime example of why IRS-CI seeks to partner and leverage its expertise in an effort to thwart those seeking to exploit our nation’s financial system,” said Thomas J. Holloman, IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Office. “With the importance of our banking system to the movement of money around the world, those attempting to use intricate schemes to commit bank fraud through the use of falsified documents and other means should know that the odds are now heavily stacked against them as law enforcement is combining its talents to protect the sanctity and integrity of the nation’s financial system.”

“Onyema setup various innocent sounding multi-million dollar asset purchases which were nothing more than alleged fronts for his scam,” said acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Hammer, who oversees HSI operations in Georgia and Alabama. “I’m proud to be part of a team of law enforcement agencies that come together to identify and attack criminals that attempt to profit from the exploitation of our nation’s financial systems.”

According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the indictment, and other information presented in court: Onyema, a Nigerian citizen and businessman, is the founder and Chairman of several organizations that purport to promote peace across Nigeria, including the Foundation for Ethnic Harmony, International Center for Non-Violence and Peace Development, and All-Time Peace Media Communications Limited.

Beginning in 2010, Onyema began travelling frequently to Atlanta, where he opened several personal and business bank accounts. Between 2010 and 2018, over $44.9 million was allegedly transferred into his Atlanta-based accounts from foreign sources.

Onyema is also the CEO and Chairman of Nigerian airline Air Peace, which he founded in 2013. In years following the founding of Air Peace, he traveled to the United States and purchased multiple airplanes for the airline. However, over $3 million of the funds used to purchase the aircraft allegedly came from bank accounts for Foundation for Ethnic Harmony, International Center for Non-Violence and Peace Development, All-Time Peace Media Communications Limited, and Every Child Limited.

Beginning in approximately May 2016, Onyema, together with Eghagha, allegedly used a series of export letters of credit to cause banks to transfer more than $20 million into Atlanta-based bank accounts controlled by Onyema. The letters of credit were purportedly to fund the purchase of five separate Boeing 737 passenger planes by Air Peace. The letters were supported by documents such as purchase agreements, bills of sale, and appraisals proving that Air Peace was purchasing the aircraft from Springfield Aviation Company LLC, a business registered in Georgia.

However, the supporting documents were fake — Springfield Aviation Company LLC, which is owned by Onyema and managed by a person with no connection to the aviation business, never owned the aircraft, and the company that allegedly drafted the appraisals did not exist. Eghagha allegedly participated in this scheme as well, directing the Springfield Aviation manager to sign and send false documents to banks and even using the manager’s identity to further the fraud. After Onyema received the money in the United States, he allegedly laundered over $16 million of the proceeds of the fraud by transferring it to other accounts.

Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema, 56, of Lagos, Nigeria, and Ejiroghene Eghagha, 37, of Lagos, Nigeria, were indicted on November 19, 2019, on one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, three counts of bank fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit credit application fraud, and three counts of credit application fraud. Additionally, Onyema was charged with 27 counts of money laundering, and Eghagha was charged with one count of aggravated identity theft.


Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges.

 The defendants are presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.


The Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Commerce, and Department of Treasury are investigating this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Garrett L. Bradford, Deputy Chief of the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Section and Lead Strike Force Attorney, Irina K. Dutcher, and Christopher J. Huber, Deputy Chief of the Complex Frauds Section, are prosecuting the case, with assistance from the Department of Justice’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section and Office of International Affairs.

This prosecution was brought as a part of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Co-located Strike Forces Initiative, which enables agents from different agencies to collaborate on intelligence-driven, multi-jurisdictional operations against a continuum of priority targets and their affiliate illicit financial networks. These prosecutor-led co-located Strike Forces capitalize on the synergy created through the long-term relationships that can be forged by agents, analysts, and prosecutors who remain together over time, and they epitomize the model that has proven most effective in combating organized crime. The specific mission of the Atlanta Strike Force is to disrupt and dismantle the most significant drug trafficking and money laundering organizations designated as Consolidated Priority Organization Targets or Regional Priority Organization Targets and their affiliates impacting the Atlanta metropolitan area and the Northern District of Georgia''.


from the United state dpeartment of Jusitice website
 justice.gov/usao-ndga

70 comments:

  1. The more you look, the less you see?


    After all those accolades.

    Well as they say, not guilty until proven guilty...by the court. Yeah?

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    1. What did I wake up to see, oh my God

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    2. Na APC witch hunt🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀬🀬🀬🀬🀬🀬. Teejay come and rep.

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    3. I have been reading peoples comments on this topic all over the internet, however, the one thing nobody is talking about is "whose accounts was he transferring the monies to? Was it Nigerian politicians accounts? In which case he was laundering money for politicians.

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    4. Anon 9:52 May God bless your wisdom.

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    5. Very smart question ,
      You know everything is a joke to nigerians .

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    6. Anon 9:52. He was transferring the money to his various accounts in the US? Do you guys read at all?

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    7. Smart question indeed.
      Did you read at all or you are one of those that rely on twitter mediocrity for news?

      Read this:


      "Beginning in 2010, Onyema began travelling frequently to Atlanta, where he opened several personal and business bank accounts. Between 2010 and 2018, over $44.9 million was allegedly transferred into his Atlanta-based accounts from foreign sources."

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    8. Anon 17.34 $44.9m transferred btw 2010 and 2018? He was not known before 2010 so who gave him the money? Who became President? Add 2 and 2 together. No need arguing let go and defend himself!

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  2. Jesu!! Not again

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  3. After all those hailings few weeks back. ChaiπŸ’”

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  4. Ah ah
    Just saw their advert on Instagram sef

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  5. After they will say naira marley is mad.people will kneel and worship politicians , Governors, senators , ministers because they are the ones that are legit in Nigeria meanwhile they are in the same whatsap group with yahoo boys , armed robbers.Show me one Legit wealthy man in Nigeria that there money is legit.I weep for my country Nigeria.Last last Naira marley nailed it.

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  6. But Stella he has denied the allegation. These people are now doing witch hunt.

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    1. Which hunt ?
      Smh @ you
      Big smh .

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  7. Noooooo! This can't be naaa
    If true...i will be highly disappointed!

    Igbos what are we really doing??

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    1. Igbos do you wetin? A crime is a crime. A criminal is a criminal. Meanwhile he has not been convicted has he? Till then.

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    2. Biko rapugodi maka disappointment. These are still charges and he has not been convicted yet!The main thing is that the U.S should mind their business. If they can condone trump upon all his frauds and criminal activities and make him the president and still defending his obvious criminal activities, they have lost the moral grounds to condemn anybody.

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    3. Yeah..but they have a legal ground? What business has morality got to do with fraud?

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  8. Come what if it's just a plan to run air peace down as they hav3 become a major competitor with Emirates on their Dubai route.never believe what the US says hook,line and sinker...They would do anything to protect their interest and that of their immediate allies.

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    1. Enter your reply...πŸ€” I think you have a point anon 8:54

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    2. Emirate Airline that American Airlines are suing.
      Stop your nonsense and accept the reality we have crooked individuals

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    3. Air peace a competitor to emirates? Pls google the number of planes in emirates fleet and that of air peace. Google their profit margins and assets. Google the number of routes they fly in comparison. Then redraft your comment

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  9. OK, it's official! Avoid US like plague, it's apparent they're out to bring down Africans. They feel threatened by us. They want us continually down!

    Fucking bastards!

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    1. Nobody's feeling threatened by you, stop lying to yourself.

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    2. They may not feel threatened, but they're VERY uncomfortable with Africans doing well and rising up. They're fine with us poor, so yes I'll dig deeper before I believe this type of indictment. This goes for black and white Americans.

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    3. Don, why are you like this......... So bitter to your fellow citizens but see no wrong in the evil politicians.
      No one is a saint. NONE!

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    4. Don, shame on you.

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    5. Threatened? How many Africans head blue chip companies? How many Africans run the biggest companies in the world? Or even in US?
      Sign...Nigerians. Let us learn about the world around us before we make some comments

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  10. Envy nobody. Tap into nobody's 'blessings'.

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  11. The more you look the less you see. He should clear his name if he is not guilty

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  12. I don't believe this report at all. This is pure witch hunting. May God vindicate him.

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    1. Amen!! Whenever an African does any good, they'll start looking for ways to bring the person down meanwhile they have a bigger crook as the president

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  13. Innocent until proven guilty . Let's all wait for the outcome of the investigation.

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  14. After you lunder with our money you still have the heart to increase your airline fare.

    More criminals to discover.

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  15. This is pure falsehood to bring this man and his business down. The government of Nigeria needs to protect her citizens at all cost.

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    1. He's a saint abi?
      Large number of Nigerian business men are organized fraudster

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    2. Don. And your politicians are the most holy Abi.
      You're do filled with hatred for your fellow nigetians and always happy when anyone is going Tru bad times

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    3. My dear, that would be ideal but when you have illiterates at the helms of the government I doubt if they'll do anything. Please everyone should ignore this don of a person

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    4. Why in the world would the US government witch hunt him. When he even patronises US plane manufacturers

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  16. OMG, please let this not be true. After his humanitarian service to Nigerians in South Africa some months back. Or is it South Africa government that want to sabotage his effort?

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  17. I expected this the moment he offered to bring back those stranded in South Africa. It is well. That's why some rich people hide. You make yourself an object of envy, a target once you do certain things. I won't be surprised if this probe was conducted on the instance of Nigerian Govt because his action ridiculed the Govt. It is well.

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  18. I wonder why we get so sentimental sometimes. Of all the business men and women in Nigeria, why would it be him if his hands are clean? If you use non existent companies as a front, that’s fraud. If you made up the documents, it’s fraud.. We should endeavor to do the right things even when no one is watching. It is not a witch-hunt. They took their time to connect the dots. Small small, all the crooks will be exposed. What a year for Africans in the diaspora.

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    1. Thank you anon. None of them is addressing the charges of fraud, Money laundering and Identity theft. As usual they are being all sentimental talking about witch hunt and other sentimental balderdash. Nigeria....smh
      The level of unintelligence is unbelievable

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  19. they don't bring legit Africans down only the fraudulent ones, u don't expect them to support Africans in doing the wrong thing, emirate is not an American airline

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  20. most of the rich people in Nigeria are fraudulent nawa

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  21. were u expecting him to agree that he's fraudulent

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  22. Fraudulent or not, He is a hero!

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  23. Even with this man that I admire alot? This is to show most richest men their money is not legit.

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  24. Good, this is not coming from the government of Nigeria. . if not, some section of the country would have been calling for referendum. πŸ˜‚

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    1. The joke is on you hater.
      Where was your government when he brought back stranded Nigerians in South Africa?

      A failed yahoo boy like you is mocking someone. Anumanu

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    2. You are a tribalist, we know already.

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    3. Don the hate you have for igbos may kill you one day, the man has made a statement and the case is still in court yet you rejoice like they caught your enemy.
      You are the most tribalistic and misogynistic bv I know. God forbid.

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    4. DON HATES SUCCESSFUL MEN WITH PASSION.

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    5. Don pls stop this. This is a sad day for Nigeria. Our already battered image is being further destroyed.
      I am not Igbo but it would be madness for any Nigerian not to be saddened by this

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  25. Its clear to me now.... he is simply just the front for Patience and Goodluck Jonathan. You'll hear about it, eventually....

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  26. Well the thing is, there's always a paper trail. So no matter how smart you think you are with falsification of documents and opening dummy organizations just to cover up, there are smarter people who know to follow the paper trail.

    This is why Nigerians are never respected, always treated like criminals. Our people keep failing us, making it harder for innocent citizens who work hard for their money.

    Well innocent until proven guilty. I hope for his sake, that it's all a misunderstanding.

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    1. I was at an international conference some time ago and that was when I realised how bad our image is abroad. It's so terrible. We cannot continue like this.

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    2. look who is leading the United States that people admire, smh. Please hold your head high for corruption is everywhere as long as you don't partake in it.

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    3. Anon 11:53 you are absolutely right. I realised how terrible it was when I travelled for my masters in December last year. My people it is bad

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  27. Note it's an indictment oh, not a conviction please. It simply means the matter can proceed to trial and even then, unless the US proves its case, there won't be a conviction. So, let's not be quick to condemn the man as court, jury and God ah beg! Na wa!

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  28. this is so embarrassing to look at

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