Abidemi Rufai Moyedele also known as Sandy Tang is a Nigerian politician, human resource expert, the former aide to Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, and Senior Special Assistant on Housing in Ogun State.
He was born on the 6th of November, 1978, and hails from Ogun State, Nigeria. He was arrested in May 2021
Abidemi Rufai is an alumnus of Lagos State University (LASU). He also obtained a Master’s Degree in Public administration from LASU.
Abidemi Rufai contested in 2019 to represent Ijebu-North / Ijebu-East / Ogun Waterside Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives in Nigeria but lost to Adekoya Adesegun Abdel-Majid.
He was later appointed in 2019, after the elections, as a Senior Special Assistant on housing in Ogun State and also as an aide to the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.
After his arrest by the FBI for Unemployment Fraud, Governor Dapo Abiodun immediately suspended him.
Controversy/Crime & Arrest
Abidemi Rufai used the identities of more than 100 Washington residents to steal more than $350,000 in unemployment benefits from the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) during the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued an arrest warrant commanding the arrest of Mr Rufai on May 14, 2021, for violations of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343 (wire fraud).
“On or about May 13, 2021, law enforcement received information that he would be boarding Royal Dutch Airlines flight KL644 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (“JFK Airport”) in Queens, New York to Amsterdam, with a final destination of Lagos, Nigeria.
“At approximately 7:45 p.m. on May 14, 2021, he arrived at JFK Airport. Law enforcement officers met RUFAI, who waived his Miranda rights and agreed to speak to law enforcement officers without an attorney present. While speaking with law enforcement officers, RUFAI verified his name and date of birth,” part of the affidavit read.
“In his possession, RUFAI had, among other things, a Nigerian identification card and various credit cards listing a name matching that of the defendant ABIDEMI RUFAI. In addition, RUFAI had in his possession a Nigerian passport, which listed a name and date of birth matching that of the defendant ABIDEMI RUFAI.
“RUFAI’S appearance matched photographs from the defendant ABIDEMI RUFAI’s passport and identification cards. I further recognized RUFAI from the defendant ABIDEMI RUFAI’s 2019 visa application photograph and from secondary inspection photographs taken by United States Customs and Border Patrol in 2017 and 2020.
“RUFAI’s appearance also matched photographs obtained from the defendant ABIDEMI RUFAI’s social media accounts as well as photographs obtained from the defendant ABIDEMI RUFAI’s Google Drive account pursuant to a judicially authorized search warrant, as detailed in the Complaint,” the court affidavit showed.
He is also suspected to be defrauding unemployment programs in Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. He was arrested at the JKF Airport in New York. Following the news of his arrest and involvement in crime, he was suspended by Ogun State governor.
Abidemi Rufai is married and has kids.
|Real Name||Abidemi Rufai|
|Date of birth||6th of November, 1978|
|State of origin||Ogun State|
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