Nigerian man sentenced in Omaha for wire fraud
Judge Bataillon also ordered Ifeanyi to pay $262,895 in restitution to several identified victims.
OMAHA, Neb. (KLKN) – A United States District Judge has sentenced a Nigerian man to 41 months imprisonment for wire fraud on Monday.
Judge Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced 37-year-old Jude Uzochukwu Ifeanyi of Nigeria to 41 months imprisonment with a one-year term of supervised release after his sentence.
Judge Bataillon also ordered Ifeanyi to pay $262,895 in restitution to several identified victims. According to a press release, Ifeanyi will be deported to Nigeria after serving his sentence.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation determined Ifeanyi and his co-conspirators attempted to defraud an Omaha couple of $700,000 between May 23-25, 2018.
Ifeanyi and his co-conspirators worked in Nigeria and compromised the email account of the Omaha couple.
During a search of the email, Ifeanyi found that a financial transaction would take place relating to the purchase of property in Florida.
Ifeanyi then began to send fraudulent emails to the couple, which appeared to come from the sellers of the Florida property.
Ifeanyi’s emails included “alternate wiring instructions” for the couple purchasing the property, which would go to an unauthorized third-party bank account.
The couple then made a $700,000 wire transfer to the unauthorized third-party bank account. Eventually, the couple discovered the fraudulent scheme. The couple recovered a portion of the transfer but still suffered a loss of $131,485.
During the course of the investigation, The FBI discovered nine other victims involved in similar schemes with losses totaling $1,581,655.
On August 21, 2019, an indictment charging Ifeanyi was filed in the United States District Court in the District of Nebraska.
On December 30, 2020, Officials extradited Ifeanyi from Spain to the United States under the supervision of the FBI. The FBI continues to investigate Ifeanyi’s co-conspirators.
The FBI takes this financially damaging threat seriously. We will continue to find and arrest criminals who target members of our community, regardless of where they commit their crimes from,” said FBI Omaha Special Agent in Charge Eugene Kowel.