A Nigerian scammer was slapped with a 6-year prison sentence by the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People’s Court for fraud amounting to over US$265,000 yesterday. Zhao Wen of Shanghai Daily reports:
The convict, Aderiye Alexander Dotun, 34, also received a fine of 100,000 yuan (US$15,875) and will be deported from China after serving his sentence, the court ruled.
Prosecutors said Dotun used two fake passports in the name of Lemon Sanford and Imperial Digital to open accounts at the Bank of China and the China Construction Bank in March and May last year.
Between April 28 and June 15, he withdrew more than US$248,000 from one account and US$17,260 from the other. Prosecutors said that money was defrauded from two foreign companies, which had been deceived to transfer their international trade payments into Dotun’s accounts.
The two victim companies, Jeffery Court in the United States and Karyan Luggage in the United Arab Emirates, were supposed to transfer money to two Chinese companies in Hebei Province and Fujian Province. But the e-mail containing the receiving company’s bank account was hacked, and the two companies were directed to make the transfer into Dotun’s accounts instead.