A United States of America court has sentenced a 42-year-old Lagos resident, Benard Okorhi to 75 months in government jail for his part in an international fraud conspiracy.
Okorhi was captured in Nigeria and moved to the United States for prosecution.
It was gathered that one Ayodeji Ojo has also been captured in Nigeria and is awaiting extradition as a few of their supposed co-backstabbers is nowhere to be found, including Okorhi’s sibling, Victor Okhori, Dennis Miah and Sumaila Hardi Wumpini.
Okorhi was sentenced for using compromised email accounts to steal from organizations and romance scams on internet dating sites to fool people into wiring cash abroad.
The Acting U.S. Lawyer Joseph C. Murphy Jr., while reporting the sentence on Wednesday uncovered that the convict has taken around $8 million from U.S residents.
The total scheme was said to have gotten more than $10 million overall during the criminal venture’s five-year life span.
In the evidence presented in court by the FBI drove examination, Okorhi and others, some U.S. residents, a few occupants of Ghana and Nigeria – created fake profiles on online dating services to entice people looking for companionship into fraudulent relationships.
Once the victims are fully involved, according to the evidence, the scammers would develop elaborate storylines that always required the victim to send financial assistance to their beloved.
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