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US court sentences Nigerian man to over 7 years imprisonment for $1.89m fraud scheme that targeted women

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US court sentences Nigerian man to over 7 years imprisonment for $1.89m fraud scheme that targeted women

A federal decide in Pennsylvania has sentenced a Nigerian man, Jabin Godspower Okpako, to greater than seven years in jail for conspiring to launder roughly $1.89 million in mail and wire fraud proceeds in a scheme that focused girls.

 

The US Lawyer’s Workplace for the Center District of Pennsylvania introduced  that Okpako, 36, was sentenced on November 23, 2021, by U.S. District Courtroom Chief Decide Matthew W. Brann. 

 

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In response to United States Lawyer John C. Gurganus, Jabin Okpako and his spouse, codefendant Christine Bradley Okpako, age 54, of Sayre, Pennsylvania, acquired roughly $1,898,046 million in proceeds from a mail and wire fraud scheme, laundered the funds by quite a few financial institution and wire transactions in a number of states, and transferred the funds out of america to 3 separate financial institution accounts in Nigeria. 

 

US court sentences Nigerian man to over 7 years imprisonment for $1.89m fraud scheme that targeted women

 

The mail and wire fraud scheme sought to defraud a number of feminine victims all through america, ranging in age from 55 to 85.

 

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The victims had visited on-line recreation, relationship and relationship internet sites, together with Instagram, Fb, Phrases with Pals, and What’s App.

 

The conspirators, positioned in america and West Africa, befriended the victims by interplay and exchanges of photographs on the net websites through textual content and on the spot messaging.

 

After cultivating on-line relationships with the victims, the conspirators fraudulently induced the victims to ship and transmit funds for varied fictitious causes and functions, together with to help a employee in Alaska who fell from a tower, to buy an residence in Washington, D.C., to help the United Nations, to restore equipment and gear on an oil drilling rig, to pay for medication, to get well a $6 million inheritance, and to make an funding in gold. 

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After fraudulently inducing the victims to offer funds for these fictitious causes, the unindicted conspirators instructed the victims to transmit checks and money to Okpako and Bradley at their residence in Sayre, Pennsylvania. 

 

In sentencing Okpako, Chief Decide Brann acknowledged that Okpako and his spouse continued to switch fraud proceeds to Nigeria even after quite a few banks closed their accounts based mostly on the suspicious and irregular nature of the transactions.

 

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Chief Decide Brann additionally famous that Okpako and his spouse continued to conduct cash laundering transfers regardless of receiving a warning letter from the FBI regarding their actions. 

 

Chief Decide Brann ordered Okpako to make restitution within the quantity of $440,950 to victims and forfeit proceeds of the prison exercise.  

 

Christin Bradley Okpako plead responsible on March 31, 2021, to conspiracy to commit cash laundering by mail and wire fraud and is awaiting sentencing.

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The case was investigated by the FBI.  Assistant U.S. Lawyer George J. Rocktashel prosecuted the case. 

 

US court sentences Nigerian man to over 7 years imprisonment for $1.89m fraud scheme that targeted women US court sentences Nigerian man to over 7 years imprisonment for $1.89m fraud scheme that targeted women

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