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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Photo: Nigerian couple sentenced for sneaking Nigerian woman into the U.S to become their 'slave'

A Nigerian-born couple in Pennsylvania, U.S. has been sentenced to federal prison for sneaking a Nigerian woman into the country so she could essentially become what a federal judge called a slave." According to The Express-Times in Easton, John and Godever Ibechem were sentenced on Thursday, March 16th to each serve nine months in federal prison.
The couple acknowledged they plotted to smuggle the woman in to care for their two young boys and failed to pay her minimum wage. She was paid about $20 every other week to provide around-the-clock care. The woman was 54 when she posed as John Ibechem's mother, who was actually dead, and she used the mother's passport to enter the U.S. unlawfully.
"I felt trapped. I thought I was going to die," the woman, who did not appear, said in a letter read on Thursday in federal court.

Prosecutors say she was swindled out of about $205,000 in wages, though the attorney for the Ibechems says they also sent money to her family in Nigeria.
"The nanny essentially became a slave," District Court Judge Edward Smith said.

However, John Ibechem said he wouldn't treat anyone like an indentured servant.

"That's not my nature. That's not in my family's nature." he said.

The Ibechems agreed to pay the nanny $50,000 as part a plea deal. Speaking to Express-Times, the couple's lawyer, Defense attorney Gilbert Scutti said: "I 'm not going to say it was all roses when she was here, but were are not talking about physical abuse, sexual abuse or deprivation of liberty'.


NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Too bad

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Anonymous said...

They suppose to pay her well and give her free to and fro Nigerian then allow her to leave when their children are grown up. This couple are wicked

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Vivian Reginalds said...

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Anonymous said...

The woman cooperated to use a dead woman's identity to go and live and work as a domestic staff in the US. Now she has seen the opportunities in the US and it has now become slavery. I don't know them; this is what it seems to me. She don wise.

Anonymous said...

E beta make she wise up o. I've seen this first hand before to an old woman taking care of d couples kids and getting insulted regularly. Its bad

Anonymous said...

Wicked woman..she had her plans to destroy their lives. Other women agree to the same all over without reporting. That was your agreement,you reach America now you want to switch to claim assylum.

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