A Nigerian internet scam kingpin, Obinna Obioha may spend up to twenty years and also be fined $250,000 if found culpable to crimes he has also pleaded guilty to.
Obinna claims on Facebook to be the Managing Director of a company, Hiiti Globlal Ltd. He is a single and hails from Imo State, Nigeria.
Big Boy, Obinna Obiora.
Obioha lives in New York and travels to Nigeria frequently to displace his ill-gotten wealth to the admiration of members of his family and friends.
With a sobriquet, Obinna Kelvin Obioha as a Facebook ID, the hacker, notoriously known in most circles as ‘Nigeria’s King of Scam’, was arrested on October 6, on arrival at JFK International Airport.
Obinna’s party on motion.
Read excerpt from Naija Standard Newspaper:
“According to the Federal prosecutors, Obioha, 31 years admit hacking into computers, STEALING $6.5 million from American companies when he confessed to a federal court recently his participation in a scheme to hack into computers and email accounts, and steal roughly $6.5 million from American companies last year.
“In Obioha confession to Federal Court: : “I admitted that, while in Nigeria, I worked with others to hack into computers and email accounts used by dozens of victims in the United States and around the world. I am guilty of the crime.”
“This was corroborated by U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Vadim D. Thomas, special agent in charge of the Albany field office of the FBI. Obioha pleaded guilty to wire fraud and now faces 20 years in prison.
“As part of his guilty plea, Obioha admitted that, while in Nigeria, he worked with others to hack into computers and email accounts used by dozens of victims in the United States and around the world,” U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Vadim D. Thomas, special agent in charge of the Albany field office of the FBI, announced in a news release.
“The federal prosecutors explain: “After monitoring victims’ information to identify imminent commercial transactions, Obioha and his associates created knockoff email addresses that appeared similar to — but varied slightly from — victims’ legitimate email addresses.
“Obioha and his associates then used those bogus email accounts to send fraudulent invoices to victims, instructing them to wire funds to bank accounts controlled by Obioha and his associates, under the pretense that the wires were payments for actual deals that had been previously negotiated by the victims.”
“Obioha admitted he was involved in at least 50 wire transfers between January 2016 and September 2016. During that time, about $6.5 million went to bank accounts that Obioha and his associates controlled.
“The release by the federal prosecutors reveal that: “The accounts received money from fraud victims in New York, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and Texas, among other places.’
“Obioha was arrested Oct. 6, two days after the last time he appeared on Facebook. It was after then he flew from Lagos, Nigeria, to JFK International Airport. He has been in custody since then.
“Obioha faces up to 20 years in prison, a maximum $250,000 fine and the possibility of being ordered to pay restitution. U.S. District Judge David N. Hurd is scheduled to sentence Obioha July 26.”