NJ man is accused of conning foreign nation into paying $3.5M to sham law firm
Posted Jun 20, 2014 7:47 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A New Jersey man was arrested on Thursday and charged with conning a foreign nation into paying $3.5 million to a phony law and accounting firm called Opus & Best Services.
Bobby Boye, 50, of Franklin Lakes, was arrested as he arrived at Newark International Airport from a trip abroad, report the Newark Star-Ledger, the Associated Press, the Cliff View Pilot and a press release. Boye is also known as Bobby Ajiboye and Bobby Aji-Boye, the press release says. He is charged with one count of wire fraud conspiracy and six counts of wire fraud.
According to the press release, Boye worked as an international legal adviser to the foreign nation, referred to in the criminal complaint as “Country A.”
Boye is accused of submitting phony bid documents claiming that Opus & Best was formed in 1985 and listing phony employees, whom he described as a “first class talent of attorneys, accountants and economists.”
Country A wired more than $3.5 million to the sham firm’s checking account in 2012, according to the complaint. Boye allegedly used the money to buy four New Jersey properties for more than $1.5 million in cash, three luxury cars (a Bentley, Range Rover and Rolls Royce), and two designer watches.