Criminal Law

US-based Nigerian gets one-year imprisonment for fraud

A Nigerian national, Augustine Amechi, 24, was sentenced to one year and a day in the United States of America federal prison for receipt of over $398,601.92 about N165 million; stolen funds by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.
The crime was investigated by the US Secret Service, the Postal Inspection Service, among other agencies.
Amechi, who is residing in Huntington, West Virginia, USA and attended Marshall University, according to a court document, pleaded guilty to the charge in November 2021.
As part of his plea agreement agreed, the Nigerian national would pay at least $192,762.19, about N80 million in restitution.
Stated by court indictment indicated and statements, Amechi was involved from at least 2018 to March 11, 2021, with others in a fraud scheme that took place in Huntington and elsewhere.
He admitted that his victims were convinced to send money for a variety of false and fraudulent reasons to bank accounts controlled by him in Cabell County through bank wire transfers, Western Union, Moneygram, money orders and cashier’s checks.
Amechi, according to the court, received approximately $108,601.92 directly deposited into his bank accounts from victims, over $150,000 in cash mailed in packages to his Huntington residence and over $140,000 in deposits from Zelle while he transferred more than $15,000 to bank accounts in Nigeria.

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