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Nigerian sprint star arrested for theft, fraud in US

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Held on $9,000 (N13m) bond

BY MONICA IHEAKAM

Commonwealth Games bronze medalist and National 100m champion, Favour Ashe has been arrested by Auburn police on multiple counts of theft and fraud in the US.


According to www.wtvm.com, Auburn police received a theft report on February 4, 2024 when a victim reported that multiple items were stolen from a purse near the 100 block of West Magnolia Avenue.
Ashe, 21, is specifically being charged with four counts of fraudulent use of a debit/credit card and two counts of theft of property third degree.
A credit card was among the items stolen, and the victim discovered several fraudulent charges were made using the stolen card.
Ashe has been transported to the Lee County Jail and held on a $9,000 bond.
Ashe was among the quartet that won a bronze medal for Nigeria in the 4x400m at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. He was a national 100-meter champion in 2022.
He moved to the University of Tennessee in 2022 before transferring to Auburn University Alabama at the end of the season.
Ashe becomes the latest Nigerian athlete to be indicted in fraud scandals in the US.
In 2022, two Nigerian athletes , Enmmanuel Ineh and Toluwani Adebakin, were convicted by the US attorney’s office of the Southern district of Mississippi for their part in a complex fraud scheme.
Adebakin and Ineh faced a possible 10-year jail term after they pleaded guilty to “violations of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1957, for engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activities, collectively sending tens of thousands of illicitly obtained proceeds to fraudsters in Nigeria as part of a larger mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracy.”

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