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Nigerian man, Onuama bags 3 years in U.S prison for fraud

Nigerian man, Onuama bags 3 years in U.S prison for fraud
Nigerian man, Onuama bags 3 years in U.S prison for fraud

Onuama  A Nigerian man, age 53 years old, was on Tuesday sentenced to 3 years and 4 months in prison for taking part in years-long schemes that defrauded unwitting people from the U.S. and other countries of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

He owned a legitimate auto sales and repair business near Arlington, Texas, which prosecutors said became a front for an operation that laundered money gained through a systemic and long-term fleecing of gullible persons.

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Onuama, from Lagos, was also ordered to pay $409,639 in restitution.

In addition, the court ordered Onuama to forfeit as a personal money judgment, $409,639 in ill-gotten gains. His co-conspirator, Orefo Okeke, was sentenced by Judge Conley on October 18, 2018, to 45 months imprisonment, and ordered to pay $582,955.90 in restitution to the victims.

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On July 17, 2018, Onuama pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. Okeke and Onuama participated in multiple frauds by means of wires, including: romance frauds, business email compromises, identity theft, bank account takeovers, and credit card fraud. Onuama was found responsible for causing a fraud loss of $1,076,602

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