Abuja - Emmanuel Ehkator, the Nigerian national who was investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for criminal conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in the United States, has been sentenced to three years in prison.
The Middle District of Pennsylvania Court also ordered him to pay more than $11 millions as compensation to victims.
Justice Yvete Kane also ordered the forfeiture of Ehkator’s properties in Canada and the contents of several bank accounts in Nigeria.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja arrested the 42-year-old in 2010 and extradited him to the United States the following year.
Ehkator, who pleaded guilty, was suspected to be a key member of a collection scam that defrauded law firms in Canada and the US.
Ehkator’s alleged co-defendant, Yvette Mathurin, has also been charged for conspiracy and is awaiting extradition from Canada while another suspected co-conspirator, Kingsley Osagie, was arrested as he arrived in the Atlanta area from Nigeria and is currently awaiting trial in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Other alleged co-conspirators are pending extradition from several foreign countries.
- CAJ News