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Nigerian Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Wire Wire Scam by Owoyi: 5:00pm On Sep 14, 2018
According to the US Department of Justice (DoJ), ONYEKACHI EMMANUEL OPARA was sentenced Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in Manhattan, NewYork federal court to 60 months in prison based upon OPARA’s participation in fraudulent business email compromise scams that targeted thousands of victims in the United States and around the world.Through these scams, OPARA and his co-conspirators attempted to defraud victims of over $25 million. On April 11, 2018, OPARA pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud (wire wire) before U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty, who imposed the sentence.

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Between 2014 and 2016, OPARA and his co-defendant, David Chukwuneke Adindu (“Adindu”), participated in multiple business email compromise (“BEC”) scams that targeted thousands of victims around the world, including in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, and Singapore. OPARA sent bogus emails to employees of the victim companies directing that funds be transferred to specified bank accounts. The emails purported to be from supervisors at those companies or from third party vendors with whom the companies did business. In reality, the emails were either sent from email accounts with domain names very similar to those of the companies and vendors, or the metadata for the emails was modified to make it appear as if the emails had been sent from legitimate email addresses. After victims transferred the funds as directed in the bogus emails, the funds were quickly withdrawn or transferred to other bank accounts controlled by scheme participants. In total, the BEC scam participants attempted to steal more than $25 million from victims around the world.
In furtherance of the BEC scams, OPARA created accounts on dating websites and entered into online romantic relationships with individuals in the United States by portraying himself as a young attractive woman named “Barbara.” “Barbara” would then instruct these individuals in the United States to send their money overseas and/or to receive money from BEC scams and forward the proceeds to other scheme participants located overseas acting as a money mule. For example, one victim with whom OPARA struck up a romantic relationship sent over $600,000 of the victim’s own money to bank accounts controlled by scheme participants at OPARA’s direction. OPARA also attempted to recruit at least 14 other individuals via dating websites to receive funds from BEC scams into their bank accounts and then transfer the proceeds to overseas bank accounts.

OPARA was arrested on December 22, 2016, in Johannesburg, South Africa, and was extradited to the Southern District of New York on January 26, 2018. In addition to the 2 years prison term, OPARA, 30 of Lagos, Nigeria, was sentenced to two years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $2.5 million in restitution.

Co-conspirator Adindu pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit identity theft in 2017. Adindu was sentenced to 41 months in prison and was ordered to pay back $1.4 million.

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, praised the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Berman also thanked Oath’s E-Crime Investigations Team, the National Prosecuting Authority for South Africa, the South African Police Service, and the United States Marshals Service. Mr. Berman noted that the investigation is still ongoing to arrest more culprits.

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Re: Nigerian Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Wire Wire Scam by Nobody: 5:02pm On Sep 14, 2018
Igbo Amaka dem dem.

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Re: Nigerian Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Wire Wire Scam by Loggin: 5:12pm On Sep 14, 2018
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Igbo Amaka dem dem.

Common man, we need to address this issue not mock our self, either we like it or not this is affecting all of us as a Nigeria

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Re: Nigerian Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Wire Wire Scam by CaptainG00D: 5:22pm On Sep 14, 2018
Yoruba AJOKA
Re: Nigerian Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Wire Wire Scam by LoladeAbdul: 6:54am On Sep 15, 2018
25 million what? that's huge no wonder every Tom, Dick and Harry in Lagos are threading that line shocked
Re: Nigerian Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Wire Wire Scam by SarakiBukola: 7:01am On Sep 15, 2018
Biafuro Ajoka cry

Re: Nigerian Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Wire Wire Scam by jineeguy: 7:29am On Sep 15, 2018
Dem Dem grin grin
Re: Nigerian Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Wire Wire Scam by KendrickAyomide: 7:37am On Sep 15, 2018
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