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SC man sentenced to 2 years in Nigerian money scam

Dec 29, 2010 5:20:00 AM - thestate.com
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.

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