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E-mail Scam Lands Nigerian In US Jail

By John Andah - Concise - 18-07-29
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Emeka Ndukwu, well dressed but ugly
Emeka Ndukwu sentenced to four years in prison

A 46-year-old Nigerian-American has been sentenced to four years in prison for engaging in business e-mail fraud.

Emeka Ndukwu was also found guilty of conspiring to launder over $900,000 proceeds of scams.

According to the FBI, Ndukwu tricked seven companies in the United States and abroad into wiring more than $900,000 into accounts controlled by various co-conspirators.

“A co-defendant, Chuka Mbonu, 33, of Nigeria, remains at large,” the FBI said in a statement.

“Ndukwu, a dual citizen of the United States and Nigeria, pleaded guilty in April 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to one count of money laundering conspiracy,” the FBI added.

“He was sentenced by the Honourable Timothy J. Kelly. Following his prison term, he will be placed on three years of supervised release.

“The judge also ordered Ndukwu to pay $791,870 in restitution to the companies.

“Additionally, Judge Kelly ordered Ndukwu to forfeit a 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL450 and to pay a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of $429,848, representing the share of the criminal proceeds that Ndukwu personally obtained.”

It was learned that Ndukwu participated in an ongoing conspiracy from 2013 through 2017 to receive and launder the proceeds of various cyber frauds.


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