A Nigerian hacker, Obinna Obioha, may face up to 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for committing wire fraud in the US.
The accused pleaded guilty in a US court to a wire fraud of $6.5 million, a sum he acquired by hacking into computers and email accounts of some American companies.
Richard S. Hatunian, a US Attorney, and Vadim D. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, announced the plea.
The 31-year-old suspect is said to have worked alongside other people to monitor victims’ information and identify imminent commercial transactions. Also, Obioha and his associates created knockoff email addresses that appeared similar to their victims’ legitimate accounts.
The suspect admitted that between January and September 2016, he was involved in at least 50 wire transfers. The accused controlled accounts that received money from fraud victims in New York, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and Texas, among other places.
The sentence, which comes up on July 26, 2017, would be presided over by United States District Judge David N. Hurd.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Wayne A. Myers.
- Bola Kougbe