Ghana citizen charged with defrauding Madison organization of $2.4M

He may not be a Nigerian prince, but a citizen of Ghana has been indicted in a wire fraud scheme that cost an unnamed Madison organization about $2.4 million, according to a report from the Wisconsin State Journal.

Paul Williams Anti, 59, was arrested Monday at his home in the Bronx, New York, by Homeland Security agents and charged with conspiracy to launder the proceeds of the scheme.

The indictment against Williams Anti was filed under seal in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on Feb. 27. According to records filed in federal court in New York, Williams Anti appeared in court on Tuesday, where he was ordered detained and sent to face charges in federal court in Madison.

No date for a court appearance for Williams Anti in Madison has been set yet.

According to a Homeland Security affidavit, the FBI learned on Oct. 23, 2020, that the unnamed Madison-based organization had lost about $2.4 million through a business email compromise scheme. The organization had paid vendor invoices, which had been altered, from Oct. 13–20, 2020, the affidavit states.