US Court Sentences Nigerian To Three Year Jail Term Over $11M Fraud [PHOTOS]

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at 01:53 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)

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«§» 12 September 2013

A District Court in Middle Pennsylvania, United States headed by Justice Yvette Kane has sentenced a Nigerian, Emmanuel Ehkator to three years in prison for $11m fraud.



The Nigerian, who has been trailed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for criminal conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, was ordered by the court to pay $11,092,028 “in restitution” to his victims.

Ehkator’s property in Canada and the “contents of several bank accounts” in Nigeria were also declared forfeited by Justice Kane.

A statement by the EFCC Head, Media and Publicity, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said the commission had in August 2010, arrested 42–year-old Ehkator in Nigeria. He was subsequently extradited to the US a year after following his plea of guilt.

The statement said the prosecutor, Assistant US Attorney, Christy H. Fawcett, told the court that Ehkator was part of an “attorney collection scam” in which he would contact US and Canadian law firms by email.

It added that Ehkator would claim to be individuals or businesses outside North America owed money by entities in the US and asked for legal representation to collect money.

The prosecutor had said, “Often, the prospective clients said the money owed came from a real estate transaction, tort claim, or divorce settlement. Once the law firm agreed to represent the out-of-country client, the law firm would be contacted by the US entity purportedly owing money with an offer to pay the client by cheque.

“The debtor company would advise the law firm to deposit the cheque in the law firm’s trust account, retain the law firm’s fee, and wire the remaining funds to accounts in Asia.”

It was learnt that after funds from the law firm’s trust account had been wired to the Asian bank, it would then be discovered that the cheque that had been mailed to the law firm was a counterfeit.

The counterfeit cheques, which appeared to be drawn on legitimate accounts from well-established financial institutions, often included a telephone number for the financial institution.

In an attempt to determine the validity of the cheque, lawyers would call the number only to reach another conspirator who would falsely verify the cheque.

Ehkator’s co-defendant, Yvette Mathurin, was said to have been charged for conspiracy and was awaiting extradition from Canada. Another co-conspirator, Kingsley Osagie, was arrested as he arrived Atlanta, Georgia area from Nigeria and was said to be currently awaiting trial in the same court.

The United States Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, the Toronto Police Services and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were said to be involved in the investigations into the wire fraud.

Ehkator’s involvement in the scheme was said to have made him responsible for losses of “more than $7m and up to $20m.”












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Toks-E at 02:19 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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$20 mil?


Wow, that's huge

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jimctu at 03:26 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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very good! now he will have to pay for the fraud!
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micc at 03:43 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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Ok
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dickman2 at 03:46 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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 Huh? Huh? Huh? Huh?
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UNKNOWN123 at 03:55 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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 Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley
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lanudja at 03:55 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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Hmmmm Nigeria! oya go serve ur jail term...
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ajanni at 04:04 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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look at his face
idiot
his name tells it all
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EmekaBlue at 04:26 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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Sharp guy caught
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victormorgan at 04:30 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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dareper at 04:45 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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The mumu still the hide im self
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zoe61 at 04:51 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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nawaooo
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ajanni at 05:00 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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na so oooooo
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mary11 at 05:02 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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Why is he covering his face when I don see am finish?

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ajanni at 05:23 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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Richard1212 at 06:24 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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nice
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cocoeni at 07:05 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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why he dey cover him face na?
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osamabinladin at 08:09 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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 Huh?
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ajanni at 08:15 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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softhils at 08:34 PM, 12/09/2013 (6 years ago)
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ok
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