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Monday, 24 April 2017

25-year-old Nigerian national convicted of defrauding several U.S. victims of over $500,000

Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez on Thursday, April 20, announced  that a 25-year-old Nigerian man who lived in Houston, Texas, has pleaded guilty to perpetuating a wire fraud scheme involving various Internet scams. Wiseman Oputa pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, until Jan. 25, 2017.


Oputa used counterfeit passports to open bank accounts in the greater Houston area. The passports contained photographs of Oputa but had different names and identification information.

He then worked with others to lure victims into sending money into these bank accounts. These funds were obtained through a variety of internet scams, including business email compromise, romance schemes and unauthorized intrusions into company email accounts. Checks or wire transfers were then sent from the company’s accounts payable to accounts Oputa or others controlled. Oputa would then use the counterfeit passports to retrieve the fraudulently obtained funds.

In one instance in December 2016, Oputa opened an account at Regions Bank with a counterfeit Ghanaian passport as identification. Shortly thereafter the account received a wire transfer of $40,000 from a victim who had been told to send money for taxes on money he had won in Spain. USAA Bank identified the fraud and was able to recall the wire.

U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett accepted the guilty plea and has set sentencing for July 6, 2017. At that time, Oputa faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine. He will remain in custody pending that hearing.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation along with Department of State – Diplomatic Security Service and the Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Elmilady is prosecuting the case.


Source: United States Department of Justice

8 comments:

Nnenne George said...

When are we going to learn? My brothers disgracing me like kilode..

Anonymous said...

Trump will soon add Nigeria to that list......

Anonymous said...

If only welth was shared, all these wont be on the news or at least reduced. Blame your leaders and those that are always on the side of negativity all because of tribalis and the sort. I pray Nigeria has a change of heart before it's too late

Anonymous said...

So it's other tribes fault, that out of over 350+ ethnicities in the Republic, Igbos are the ones who make a living from exploitation, even Linda's blog is a scam. Filled with stolen stories and nonsense.

Yet it's because no one shared wealth with you? Greedy, stupid idiot.

Anonymous said...

Stolen stories from you? Please give Linda credit, most Nigerian bloggers copy her stories. She posts stories first before any of them. Most of the stories you read in other blogs has already been seen in Linda's blog.

Anonymous said...

Stolen stories from you? Please give Linda credit, most Nigerian bloggers copy her stories. She posts stories first before any of them. Most of the stories you read in other blogs has already been seen in Linda's blog.

Anonymous said...

Stolen stories from you? Please give Linda credit, most Nigerian bloggers copy her stories. She posts stories first before any of them. Most of the stories you read in other blogs has already been seen in Linda's blog.

Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ, wiseman, my course mate and friend back in Malaysia... Wat de fuck...

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