Wire Fraud: US Court Jails Nigerian for Three Years

Faces Deportation After Jail Term

A United State court has jailed one Jude Uzochukwu Ifeanyi, a Nigerian for three years without parole over wire fraud.

Ifeanyi was also ordered to pay restitution in of f $262,895 to several of his identified victims.

According to the United States Attorney Jan Sharp, the judgement was given in Omaha, Nebraska, on Monday by the country’s Department of Justice, DoJ.

Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon, sentenced Ifeanyi to 41 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.

After his release from prison, he will begin a one-year term of supervised release. Senior Judge Bataillon ordered Ifeanyi to pay restitution in the amount of $262,895 to several identified victims. Ifeanyi will be deported to Nigeria after serving his sentence,” Sharp said.

Ifeanyi was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, between May 23 and 25, 2018 and found to have, along with his Nigeria-based co-conspirators, developed a scheme in an effort to defraud an Omaha couple out of $700,000. Among others, they compromised an email account used by the Omaha couple.

In the course of an unauthorised surveillance within the Omaha couple’s email account, identified a financial transaction that was to take place relating to the purchase of property in the State of Florida.

Subsequently, they sent fraudulent emails to the Omaha couple, which appeared to come from the sellers of the property.

The emails directed the Omaha couple to use “alternate wiring instructions” when making payment for property, ultimately directing that payment for the property be made to an unauthorized third-party bank account.”

As a result of the scheme, the Omaha couple was fraudulently induced into making a $700,000 wire transfer to the unauthorized third-party bank account. When the fraudulent scheme was discovered, the victims were able to recover a portion of the wire transfer but did suffer a loss of $131,485,” the US attorney said.

While conducting investigations into the case, the FBI found out that Ifeanyi and his colleagues were also involved in other similar schemes to defraud victims located throughout the United States. FBI investigators identified 9 other victims with losses totaling $1,581,655.

Ifeanyi was previously indicted for fraudulent activities.

On August 21, 2019, an Indictment was filed against Ifeanyi in the United States District Court in the District of Nebraska. Ditto on December 30, 2020, when he was extradited from Spain, where he lived at the time, to the United States, under the supervision of the FBI.

According to the US attorney, the FBI will continue to investigate Ifeanyi’s co-conspirators who were involved with the criminal activity.

The sentencing today of Jude Uzochukwu Ifeanyi sends a strong message to criminals who carry out business email compromise schemes. The FBI takes this financially damaging threat seriously.”

, “We will continue to find and arrest criminals who target members of our community, regardless of where they commit their crimes from,” FBI Omaha Special Agent in Charge, Eugene Kowel, said.

19 thoughts on “Wire Fraud: US Court Jails Nigerian for Three Years

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.