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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Nigerian man pleads guilty to hacking into computers, scamming $6.5M from U.S. companies

A 31-year-old Nigeria man on Monday, April 17, admitted in federal court Monday his participation in a scheme to hack into computers and email accounts, and steal roughly $6.5 million from American companies last year.

Obinna Obioha pleaded guilty to wire fraud and now faces 20 years in prison.

"As part of his guilty plea, Obioha admitted that, while in Nigeria, he worked with others to hack into computers and email accounts used by dozens of victims in the United States and around the world," U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Vadim D. Thomas, special agent in charge of the Albany field office of the FBI, announced in a news release.

"After monitoring victims' information to identify imminent commercial transactions, Obioha and his associates created knockoff email addresses that appeared similar to -- but varied slightly from -- victims' legitimate email addresses," the statement said.

"Obioha and his associates then used those bogus email accounts to send fraudulent invoices to victims, instructing them to wire funds to bank accounts controlled by Obioha and his associates, under the pretense that the wires were payments for actual deals that had been previously negotiated by the victims," federal prosecutors said.

Obioha admitted he was involved in at least 50 wire transfers between January 2016 and September 2016. During that time, about $6.5 million went to bank accounts that Obioha and his associates controlled.
"The accounts received money from fraud victims in New York, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and Texas, among other places," federal prosecutors said in the release.
Obioha was arrested Oct. 6, after he flew from Lagos, Nigeria, to JFK International Airport. He has been in custody since then.  
Obioha faces up to 20 years in prison, a maximum $250,000 fine and the possibility of being ordered to pay restitution. U.S. District Judge David N. Hurd is scheduled to sentence Obioha July 26.  
"Foreign criminal enterprises prey upon American businesses and are using increasingly sophisticated means to do so, as demonstrated by this scheme," Hartunian said after Obioha pleaded guilty.
"Obioha's apprehension and conviction is a reminder that foreign nationals targeting American businesses cannot operate with impunity and that the reach of U.S. law enforcement agencies is global." he added.

19 comments:

VEEKEE FRESH said...

NAIJA BOYZ.... UHMMMM

Anonymous said...

agree or not. Igbo's are really among the smartest species of beings there is on the earth surface.. they unfortunately were born in the wrong part of the world where their potentials are not being recognized and harnessed the right way.. give irons to a welder, some machetes might be made of it or or the frame of a car.. they need support and fundings...BEEF AND DIE

LIS_Tiger said...

.......Una dey rep wella......

Muna Saphire said...

Make it or die trying... Next

Nnenne George said...

Na wao ..

mabogunje Oluwa Josh said...

Guy fucked up big time

Jblak said...

I don't think being smart in deeds like this is a thing to be boastful of, Igbos Nd Yorubas are the ethnic group in Nigeria that are mainly convicted for one crime or the other, in foreign countries, it's not a thing to be happy about, they keep spoiling the name "Nigeria" everywhere they visit without doing business legally!! When ever we want to do business with foreigners they are always scared when they hear we are "Nigerians" they use d word "Scam" to discribe us... I just wish we can be regonised in good deeds instead of bad deeds

Babatunde Adeshina said...

bioha's apprehension and conviction is a reminder that foreign nationals targeting American businesses cannot operate with impunity and that the reach of U.S. law enforcement agencies is global." he added. Not that I condone what obits and his mates did, but if he would have just stayed out of the USA he wouldn't have been apprehended.

Babatunde Adeshina said...

bioha's apprehension and conviction is a reminder that foreign nationals targeting American businesses cannot operate with impunity and that the reach of U.S. law enforcement agencies is global." he added. Not that I condone what obits and his mates did, but if he would have just stayed out of the USA he wouldn't have been apprehended.

Anonymous said...

Gbam. I am Igbo, but I don't like what our people are doing, I feel so ashamed. When you live abroad, you know the embarrassment we suffer as Nigerians.

Anonymous said...

Nigeria = Fraud.

Vivienne B said...

He's only 31! 20 years in and by the time he's released he'll be (you do the math) Hopefully, they'll allow him do a couple years in and then employ him for his "expertise" just like the London Metropolitan Police. They've employed alot of convicted yahoo-yahoo boys who work undercover for them. America could actually learn a thing or 2 from Nigerians. My input.

Vivienne B said...

He's only 31! 20 years in and by the time he's released he'll be (you do the math) Hopefully, they'll allow him do a couple years in and then employ him for his "expertise" just like the London Metropolitan Police. They've employed alot of convicted yahoo-yahoo boys who work undercover for them. America could actually learn a thing or 2 from Nigerians. My input.

quincy rex said...

Enter your reply...j blak get a life dem igbo boiz re the smartest on earth

Okowright Balaxy said...

Talented boys. One day dudes will sell Nigeria to another country.

TEMMY OWOEYE said...

20years please add another 7years so it be the as Mandela

Vivian Reginalds said...

hmm
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Anonymous said...

I give up on this generation

Anonymous said...

Hmmm

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