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Man gets 27 months in Nigerian e-mail scam

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A Nigerian man who lives in Greenville was sentenced Tuesday for conspiracy to commit wire fraud after an arrest that was featured on NBC’s “Dateline.”

Kenneth Ojua, 39, was sentenced in federal court in Anderson to 27 months in prison.

Ojua was also ordered him to pay $147,542 in restitution to the victim of his crime.

Ojua was part of an e-mail scheme to bilk $150,000 from a Connecticut woman.
Beginning in the fall of 2006, a man who identified himself as Barrister Adelwale Davis contacted the woman via e-mail. Davis said that an American family had died in a car accident in Africa and he needed assistance in transferring monies related to the deaths to the United States. Davis said because the entire family died in the accident, there was no one else to claim the money.

Davis told the woman that she would receive $15 million for her assistance and that there was nothing illegal about the transaction.

Between November 2006 and December 2009, the woman, following Davis’ instructions, wired thousands of dollars to Davis and his associates to cover alleged fees needed to complete the transfer of the $15 million.

When the woman refused to wire anymore funds, Davis told her the $15 million was in storage in Greenville.

On Dec. 18, 2009, the victim traveled to Greenville to meet a man she was told was an African diplomat named Jeffrey Grant. The fake diplomat’s real name was Kenneth Ojua.

Ojua told the victim that he would give her the $15 million after she paid yet another storage fee. Ojua was arrested in April at the downtown Greenville Hyatt during a taped meeting with the woman and the Dateline host, Chris Hansen.

Greenville police officers arrested Ojua after Hansen revealed that he was a journalist trying to learn who was behind the e-mail scam.

Secret Service Agent Richard Kerns said Ojua had been living in U.S. on a green card for eight years. Kerns said Ojua hadn’t worked since the second quarter of 2007.

December 29, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. Great, finally one of those actually goes to jail!

    I run a dating site and see the same scammers trying to get a profile online over-and-over again… They hardly ever get an email sent before deleted, but they keep trying anyway…

    Comment by Traveller1970 | January 12, 2011 | Reply

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