A Nigerian man identified as Ochuko Sylvester Eruotor has been sentenced to 14 years in a US Prison, after he was found guilty of leading a fraud ring which prosecutors in Texas said laundered $3.5 million from hundreds of victims.
Washington Times reported that 42 year-old Eruotor who lived in Canada was sentenced Friday in Austin, and the court also ordered him to repay nearly $1.7 million. Eruotor who was linked to a money laundering network in which victims were targeted with false reports of relatives in jail, fake investments, tax fraud and romance scams, was extradited from Germany last December, and he pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Prosecutors disclosed that Eruotor was the eighth person convicted and sentenced to federal prison. The others were earlier sentenced to US Prison terms ranging from 10 months to nine years.
This report is coming barely a day after we reported that Nigerian-American Osmond Eweka, son-in-law of Bright Igbinedion, was charged with fraud in New York. In New York, Eweka and his accomplice were busted for raking in thousands of dollars from a bogus employment agency scam, authorities said.
Eweka, 31, who claimed to be a member of the Benin royal family, and his co-defendant, Kamel McKay, allegedly duped more than 250 victims from January to June 2018, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The defendants allegedly targeted job seekers on indeed.com, promising to find them work, including as front-desk receptionists and hotel housekeepers, in exchange for a fee of between $300 and $700, court records show.
Prosecutor Catherine McCaw said the fee was supposed to cover the cost of uniforms, training and background checks.
“But in reality, there was no such job,” McCaw said at Eweka’s arraignment Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court. McKay, 27, was arrested last May.
After interviewing the victims and collecting their fee, the alleged fraudsters would send them to work sites, where they were turned away by employers who weren’t expecting them. The confused job seekers were then unable to get in touch with Eweka, McKay or their bogus employment agencies. The duo pocketed at least $54,000 in fees and didn’t provide a single job, according to prosecutors.