Notorious Sakawa Boy Who Escaped FBI Custody to Hide in Ghana Grabbed by Ghana Police

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A Ghanaian sakawa boy who has been convicted of fraud in the U.S but run to Ghana has been arrested and extradited back to the United States.

Tourey Ahmed Rufai aka Joe Thompson (he has a million other aliases) was arrested in April this year and was flown back to the United States Friday, August 6th.

Toure was part of a fraudulent scheme that managed to scam over $10 million through business email compromises and romance scams.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) said they targeted businesses and elderly victims in numerous scams between 2014 and 2018.

Tourey was initially arrested, tried and sentenced to four years in prison by a U.S Court but fled to Ghana whilst out on bail.

He cunningly cut off his ankle bracelet monitor and run to his homeland, but the FBI and Ghanaian law enforcement worked together to find him and apprehend him.

He would now go back to serve his sentence and any additional sentences he receives for his new crimes.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “When a defendant released on bail like Tourey Ahmed Rufai cuts his ankle bracelet and flees the country, it is an affront to the victims of his crimes and the Court. Thanks to the extraordinary work of the FBI, IRS-CI, and our law enforcement partners both in the United States and in Ghana, this fugitive was apprehended in Ghana and has been returned to the United States to serve his four-year sentence.”

FBI Acting Assistant Director Jacqueline Maguire said: “Justice will now rightfully be delivered – both to Mr. Rufai as he serves his prison sentence, and to the innocent victims from whom he stole millions of dollars. When Mr. Rufai decided to cut off his ankle bracelet and flee the United States, he did not understand the FBI’s ability to find fugitives in foreign nations through our extraordinary international law enforcement partnerships. We thank everyone involved, and especially our IRS-CI colleagues and our Ghanaian partners, in ensuring Mr. Rufai will be held accountable for his crimes.”

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