A Nigerian man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to taking part in email scams attempting to defraud thousands of victims around the world out of millions of dollars, U.S. prosecutors said.
David Chukwuneke Adindu, 29, entered his plea to two conspiracy counts before U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty in Manhattan, according to an announcement from Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim in Manhattan.
Prosecutors said Adindu took part in scams in which emails were sent impersonating executives or vendors of companies, directing employees of those companies to make large wire transfers. Such scams are known as “business email compromise.”
Adindu, who was arrested at a Houston airport last year, is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 26. The more serious of the two counts carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, while the other carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.
Lawyers for Adindu could not immediately be reached for comment.
Prosecutors said in an indictment last year that Adindu, who during the period in question resided in both Guangzhou, China and Lagos, Nigeria, worked with others to carry out business email compromise scams from 2014 to 2016.
Prosecutors said the scammers’ targets included an unnamed New York investment firm, where an employee received an email claiming in June 2015 to be from an investment adviser at another firm asking for a $25,200 wire transfer.
The employee later learned the email was not actually sent by that adviser, and as a result did not comply with a second wire transfer request for $75,100, according to the indictment.
The case is U.S. v. Adindu, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 16-cr-00575.
Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II is to set to decorate a total of 59 recipients with this year’s edition of the Queen’s “Young Leaders Award.”
The award is reserved for young people between the ages of 18-29 years from across the Commonwealth, young people leading their communities and impacting lives of people in their societies.
The pool of awardees, from across Commonwealth nations is however dominated by Africans who make up 25 of the recipients as announced by the awards organizing committee. The 2017 edition is the third in a series.
Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda topped Africa’s list with three recipients each, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Seychelles and Sierra Leone got two candidates each. A national each from Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland and Zambia completed the list.
They young leaders have already arrived in the UK and are in Cambridge to undergo leadership training. They are to receive mentoring and training from the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education.
They are expected to meet with top corporate leaders including visits to the BBC and offices of Facebook. The climax of their stay will be a visit to Buckingham Palace where the Queen’s Young Leaders will collect their medals from Her Majesty The Queen.
With the support, Award winners are expected to continue and develop the amazing work they are already doing in their communities.
Across the continent, two European countries (the United Kingdom and Malta) produced four winners. Ten countries in the Carribean/Americas had 13. Five Pacific nations brought on eight winners with nine awardees from six Asian countries completing the list.
The Red Sea state of Djibouti on Thursday launched a sea port whose main function will be the export of salt, the BBC has reported.
The China-funded facility which cost $64m will exclusively export salt from Lake Assal – located in central western Djibouti.
It is expected to handle about six million tonnes of salt each year. The sea port will also benefit regional economic powerhouse, Ethiopia, as it is expected to facilitate the export of minerals from the landlocked neighbour.
The facility becomes the seventh sea port to be launched in the country and it further underlines Sino-Djibouti economic relations. The most recent cooperation led to the opening of a 690 hectare mega port with world-class facilities and equipment manufactured by a Chinese firm.
The $590 million Doraleh Multipurpose Port project which started in 2015 was jointly financed by Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority (DPFZA) and China Merchant Holding (CMHC) to connect Asia, Africa and Europe.
A statement by the port authority said it is one of four new ports in the Horn of Africa nation co-funded by China to establish Africa’s largest free-trade zone that can handle $7 billion of goods every year.
John Pombe Magufuli, the Tanzanian president has given express directives to the country’s water supplier that they should chase bills especially from government institutions and other big companies.
Magufuli ordered that supply be cut to all state institutions that continued to default in payment of their bills stressing that if they could not be charges why was the ordinary citizen being targeted.
“If you can’t charge those big companies, how is it possible that you come after these poor ordinary citizens?” he asked.
The no-nonsense Magufuli, nicknamed the bulldozer told government officials present that inability to settle their bills was a sign of failure on their part. He has in the past sacked top government officials who are believed to have misconducted themselves.
What would David Cameron, the former British Prime Minister, look like if he were homeless? How would you react if you saw Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, walking with no shoes?
The Vulnerability Series is an exhibition by Syrian artist Abdulla Al-Omari in the United Arab Emirates. He gives world leaders a makeover with a difference. He takes them out of their fine suits and paints them as refugees.
Al-Omari says his exhibition is a reaction to his plight as a refugee: “I wanted to imagine how all these powerful leaders in the world would look if they were in our shoes.
“As the anger grew inside me I wanted to have sweet revenge, but with art.”
Al-Omari says he wanted to “disarm” the leaders by picturing them outside their positions of power.
The media, he says, focuses on the numbers of refugees but neglects the personal stories behind these figures.
“When you know the personal story of someone, you connect with them,” says Al-Omari.
The refugee crisis has claimed the lives of thousands, most notably Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy washed up on a Turkish beach in September 2015. Despite this and other high-profile deaths, little has been done to change the situation.
*The Power of Vulnerability* runs until July 6 at The Ayyam Gallery in Dubai.