SC man arrested after Nigerian money scam blows up

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - You've probably received at least one scam email from someone claiming to be a Nigerian diplomat or banker trying to transfer money to America. On Tuesday, a Greenville man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday for trying the scam in South Carolina.

Kenneth Ojua, 39, was sentenced to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay $147,541 in restitution to the victim.

Prosecutors said a man calling himself as Barrister Adelwale Davis emailed the victim around November 2006. Davis said an American family had died in a car accident in Africa, and that he needed assistance in transferring money related to the deaths to the United States. He said that because the entire family died in the accident, there was no one else to claim the money.

Davis told the victim she would receive $15 million for her help and that there was nothing illegal about the transaction. Between November 2006 and December 2009, the victim wired thousands of dollars to Davis and his associates to cover alleged fees needed to complete the transfer of the $15 million.

When the victim finally refused to wire any more funds, Davis told her the $15 million was in storage in Greenville. On December 18, 2009, the victim went to Greenville to meet Ojua, who was posing as an African diplomat named Jeffrey Grant.

Prosecutors said Ojua told the victim he would give her the $15 million after she paid yet another storage fee. Ojua was arrested after a confrontation with the victim.

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