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Greenville man shown on NBC’s ‘Dateline charged in online scam

Greenville man shown on NBC’s ‘Dateline charged in online scam

By Eric Connor • Staff writer • May 4, 2010

A Greenville man has been arrested in what police describe as a sprawling e-mail scheme, and more arrests are likely.

A Greenville County man was featured on “NBC Dateline” that aired Sunday. Authorities alleged he bilked a Connecticut woman out of $200,000 as part of a Nigerian money scheme, and police say he has faced charges here before.

Kenneth Ojua, 38, was charged with one count of swindling and one count of trying to obtain goods under false pretenses, according to Greenville police and court records.

The show set up cameras at the Hyatt hotel in downtown Greenville in December, where the show’s host confronted Ojua — who authorities said was using a fake name — about the alleged scheme after a meeting had been set up between Ojua and the victim to exchange money, Det. Rick Floyd said in an arrest affidavit.

More charges are likely against other suspects, Floyd said, in what he described as a sprawling e-mail scheme that promises millions of dollars to people who are led to believe they are the heirs of overseas fortunes.

Ojua’s attorney, Dick Warder, declined to comment on the case.

Ojua has lived in Greenville County for 14 years, Floyd said. Last year, Ojua pleaded guilty to forgery and was sentenced to two years probation, which if he doesn’t complete could send him to prison for 10 years, court records show.

The arrest affidavit alleges Ojua and others promised the Connecticut woman $15 million in cash, claiming that she was the family heir of an oil company fortune in Nigeria.

The woman was told the money was painted black to avoid customs detection and that she needed to spend thousands of dollars on special chemicals to wash the money, the affidavit alleges.

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