Greenville Nigerian Scammer Gets Two Years

Remember Kennth Ojua? He was the world’s unluckiest Nigerian scammer, the one who set up shop in Greenville and ended up getting busted by Chris Hanson. Of course after getting the To Catch a Predator treatment he was arrested and plead guilty.

Now he’s been sentenced – to a measly two years?

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A Greenville man has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison in an e-mail scam.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says 39-year-old Kenneth Ojua also was ordered to pay nearly $150,000 in restitution.

Beginning in 2006, Nettles says someone identifying himself as a barrister in a series of e-mails convinced a woman to pay to help transfer unclaimed assets the man said belonged to an American family killed in a car accident in Africa.

For three years, the woman wired thousands of dollars under the promise she would get $15 million.

Ojua was arrested when he and the victim got into a confrontation after he told her she needed to pay one more storage fee to get the money.

The sentence seems low to me given that in when he was originally arrested it was reported that he was already on probation for forgery, but as you can see the victim here was a borderline criminal (trying t steal a fictional inheritance she had no claim to) who dropped dime on Ojua when she realized she was being played so maybe the court took that into account.

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2 Responses to “Greenville Nigerian Scammer Gets Two Years”

  1. Rosalind on January 2nd, 2011 5:58 pm

    If the victim was told that for her helping during tragic circumstances she would be paid, that doesn’t rise to the level of being a “borderline criminal”. It’s a fee paid for a service. Agents and managers take them and even Ticketmaster charges people a fee for selling them a ticket. The woman was utterly stupid, but not a criminal. But, I do agree that 2 years isn’t enough time for the scammer. I hope when his sentence is done, he’s immediately taken to the airport and deported back to Nigeria.

  2. Rob Taylor on January 2nd, 2011 6:03 pm

    The “victim” was told that she could be part of a scam where a lawyer would help her claim money that doesn’t belong to her and split it with her. All good cons play on people’s desire to con others.

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