A Nigerian, Obinna Obioha living in the United States, who is 31 years of age is facing a 20-year imprisonment in the United States for stealing around US$ 6.5 million, from American companies severally. The amount was stolen via wire fraud.
Reports have it that Obioha and his group steal from others by wiretapping into computers and email accounts of prospective victims in the United States and around the world. They hacked a lot of devices and derive very valuable information about people in which they use in turn to commit fraud.
Obioha tracks pending commercial transactions and he in turn creates an email address similar to that of the victim; he then communicates with the other business individual as if he is the main businessman.
Obioha will then send mails to the other business party via email and direct them to make funds transaction to him; meanwhile, his partners in crime have put up a good show of pretense that it is a real deal. They then give the other business party bank accounts to make the payments into. Victims from New York, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, and many other places have sent money into different accounts controlled by Obioha and his cohort.
Obioha got arrested and put into custody on 6 October last year. He appeared in court Monday this week, April 17, where he admitted to committing those crimes. He also added that he was the mastermind behind 50 wire transfers between January 2016 and September 2016 that amounted up to US$ 6.5 million.
“Foreign criminal enterprises prey upon American businesses and are using increasingly sophisticated means to do so, as demonstrated by this scheme,” said U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.
He added, “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.”
Obioha faces a possible charge with a sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a US$250,000 fine –with the possibility of the court ordering him to pay all that he had stolen. He is scheduled to receive his sentence on 26 July 2017.