Sextortion: US Teenager Commits Suicide Over Blackmail From Nigerian Scammers


LAGOS MAY 5TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Three Nigerian men have been charged in what investigators said was a sextortion scheme that resulted in the suicide of a 17-year-old Michigan boy.

On March 25, 2022, 17-year-old Jordan DeMay, a student and football player at Marquette Senior High School, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death prompted an investigation by the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Following their investigation, on Wednesday, officials announced that three Nigerian men are awaiting extradition to the United States, charged with sexually extorting more than 100 young men and teenage boys across the United States. One of those men is being charged with causing the death of DeMay.

Samuel Ogoshi, 22, Samson Ogoshi, 20, and Ezekiel Ejehem Robert, 19, all of Lagos, Nigeria, were arrested in Nigeria and are awaiting extradition to the United States for prosecution.

For the death of DeMay, Samuel Ogoshi is charged with sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor resulting in death. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a minimum of 30 years in prison.

All three men are charged with conspiracy to sexually exploit minors, conspiracy to distribute child pornography, and conspiracy to commit stalking through the internet. Those charges carry maximum sentences of 30 years in prison, 20 years in prison, and five years in prison, respectively. The first two charges carry minimum sentences of 15 years in prison and five years in prison.

The grand jury alleges that the defendants bought hacked social media accounts and used the accounts to pose as young women to lure teenagers and young adult males into sexual chats.

One of the accounts used was an Instagram account bearing the username “dani.robertts”, which communicated with DeMay shortly before his death. After initiating chat conversations with the victims, the defendants allegedly used Google and other online applications to research information about the victims, including where the victims lived, where they went to school or worked, and who their family and friends were.

The grand jury alleges that the defendants then solicited their victims to send sexually explicit images of themselves. Once the defendants received sexually explicit images, they threatened to send the images to the victims’ family, friends and classmates unless the victims paid money.

The grand jury alleges the defendants engaged in this extortion and attempted extortion of more than 100 people.

The grand jury alleges that on March 25, 2022, after DeMay was persuaded to send a naked picture of himself, Samuel Ogoshi used the dani.robertts account on Instagram to extort him. The chat exchange between DeMay (Victim 1) and Samuel Ogoshi, which led to DeMay’s death, has been released:


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