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Two Nigerian hackers in ‘sextortion’ ring that caused Michigan high school football star to kill himself after they conned him into sending nude pictures plead guilty | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker


  •  Samuel Ogoshi, 22, and his younger brother Samson Ogoshi, 20, from Lagos, Nigeria, pleaded guilty to conspiring to sexually exploit teenage boys 
  •  Jordan DeMay, a 17-year-old Michigan high school student, was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in March, 2022 
  • The Ogoshi brothers face a minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years

Two Nigerian hackers in the ‘sextortion’ ring that caused a Michigan high school football star to kill himself pleaded guilty on Wednesday. 

Samuel Ogoshi, 22, and his brother, Samson Ogoshi, 20 admitted to conspiring to sexually exploit teenage boys two years after the suicide of Jordan DeMay, then 17. 

Samuel and Samson posed as a woman on Instagram, conned Jordan into sending nude pictures and threatened the teenager to send more money until he killed himself with a gun in March 2022. 

The Ogoshi brothers face a minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years. The third suspect charged in relation to Jordan’s death, Ezekiel Ejehem is awaiting extradition to the U.S.. 

‘I don’t know that there’s any amount of justice good enough for what these two men did to Jordan,’ Jordan’s father, John DeMay, told Fox News Digital. 

‘But I do believe that there is justice in this plea deal … to some degree, I guess. But overall, it’s just emotional. It’s hard to believe that we’re even in this situation.’ 

Samson Ogoshi
Samuel Ogoshi
The third suspect charged in relation to Jordan’s death, Ezekiel Ejehem, is awaiting extradition to the U.S.
Just six hours later, on March 25, 2022, DeMay was dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His last message was: ‘I’m killing myself right now. Because of you’

Jordan, a high school senior from Marquette, Michigan, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in March 2022 after three Nigerian men pretended to be a female online and coerced him into sending explicit photos of himself. 

After the defendants tricked Jordan intro sending nude photos, they demanded $1,000 or threatened to share them with friends and family. 

Just six hours later, on March 25, 2022, Jordan was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His last message was: ‘I’m killing myself right now. Because of you.’

The tragedy prompted a major investigation involving authorities in Michigan and the FBI to extradite the defendants in an unprecedented move.

It’s revealed later that the trio gained access to a hacked Instagram account of a woman named Dani. The accused used it to make contact with Jordan. 

Jordan allegedly told the Nigerian men that he was going to die by suicide due to the horror they were inflicting upon him

The parents provided excerpts of text conversations between Jordan and the extortionists, according to NBC News.  

‘I have screenshot (for) all your followers and tags. I can send this nudes to everyone and also send your nudes to your family and friends until it goes viral … All you’ve to do is to cooperate with me and I won’t expose you,’ one scammer said. 

‘Are you gonna cooperate with me … Just pay me right now … And I won’t expose you,’ he added. 

They demanded $1,000, but Jordan said he only had $300 to send. He replied: ‘I’m killing myself right now. Because of you.’

The brothers reportedly responded with: ‘Good … enjoy your miserable life.’ 

Jordan died just months before he was expected to graduate from Marquette Senior High School, where he played on multiple sports teams. 

Jordan DeMay died just months before he was expected to graduate from Marquette Senior High School, where he played on multiple sports teams. Pictured: Jordan Demay with his parents
After the defendants allegedly tricked Jordan DeMay intro sending nude photos, they demanded $1,000 or threatened to share them with friends and family

Samuel and Samson were arrested in January last year by authorities in Nigeria at the request of the US. On July 20, they were ordered to be turned over to American authorities to face the indictment charges.

The brothers were flown to the US in August, last year, after being charged in a four-count indictment with the sexual exploitation of minors and with causing the death of Jordan. 

Jordan’s father, John DeMay, said: ‘We’re so fortunate to even be here. So many families have open cases. Some don’t have cases at all.

‘Some are still wondering what happened to their loved ones, and we’re really fortunate enough to be just shy of Jordan’s two-year anniversary and having guilty pleas and suspects extradited from another country.

An obituary dedicated to the teenager described Jordan as someone who loved sports including baseball, football and basketball.

‘Jordan was a compassionate, mature, and team oriented player who once described his goal to “be the best I can be as a person on and off the field”, the obit read.

‘He was a determined young man, who after being sidelined for a year with a serious knee injury, made a decision to rehab himself and made plans to attend college.’

The teenager, who leaves behind four sisters, his parents and his grandparents, was planning to study Athletic Training in college.

‘Jordan possessed a great personality, loved and was very devoted to his family, especially his sisters who simply adored him,’ the obituary read.

‘He enjoyed going to the beach, being in, on, or near the water, and was talented to the point of doing well on many of the things he attempted. He will be remembered for his great smile, fluffy hair, great personality, and ability to inspire others.’

 U.S. Attorney Mark Totten for the Western District of Michigan said the guilty pleas ‘represent an extraordinary success in the prosecution of international sextortion.’

“These convictions will send a message to criminals in Nigeria and every corner of the globe: working with our partners both here and overseas, we can find you and we can bring you to justice,” Totten said. 

If you or a loved one needs help, call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988. 

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