Nigerian man jailed for US fraud and owed $ 1.6 million
A Nigerian citizen was sentenced Thursday to 51 months in prison for conspiring to launder $ 1.7 million from US companies using a corporate email hacking scheme known as Alibaba.
In addition to her imprisonment, the United States District Court in Austin, Texas also ordered 33-year-old Nose Onagisa to return $ 1.6 million for the stolen money; pay a fine of US $ 230,000; and loses $ 14,282.50 in his account.
Onagise will also be released under supervision for three years after serving a prison sentence.
Court records show that Onagise, along with four other Nigerians who are already serving sentences in the United States, were charged with the theft of more than $ 10 million between 2016 and 2019. The conspirators were able to withdraw $ 6 million from mining earlier. US law enforcement will suspend further transfers.
The other four accomplices are: Bamii Omale (serving 135 months in prison); Chinonso Agbaji (78 months); Igho Kalaba (30 months); and Chibuzor Uba (36 months).
In early 2018, Onagis pleaded guilty to passport fraud for attempting to use a fake passport to open multiple US bank accounts in support of the fraud scheme.
“Beware, scammers and scammers! We will take full federal law enforcement responsibility for those who prey on the legitimate business community here in Austin and elsewhere in the county, ”said US Attorney Sofer.
“The verdict and restitution order issued today demonstrate the seriousness of these crimes – crimes that damage our economy and harm innocent victims. If you are involved in this shameful and illegal activity, federal prisons await you.
Alibaba uses scammers who hack a product seller’s email to spy on transactional discussions between buyer and seller; and enter their bank account details when the buyer has to pay.
Source: – Nigeriabroad