Man charged with running internet scams in Mount Prospect

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Samson Alimi | Mount Prospect police

A Chicago man was charged Thursday with scamming people out of more than $600,000 over the internet in northwest suburban Mount Prospect.

Samson O. Alimi, 29, was charged with one felony count each of wire fraud, money laundering and continuing a criminal enterprise, according to Mount Prospect police.

In April 2015, investigators identified Alimi as a suspect in a criminal organization that was running internet scams, police said.

Further investigation showed that Alimi had received more than $600,000 in more than 500 MoneyGram money wire transfers over the course of a year from people who were sending money under false pretenses, police said.

When officers arrested Alimi Thursday, they found 29 fake driver’s licenses with his picture on them and boxes of MoneyGram and Walmart receipts, police said.

Alimi, of the 3200 block of West Olive Avenue in Chicago, was ordered held on a $200,000 bond Friday and is next scheduled to appear in court June 9, police said.

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