Nigerian National Sentenced to 52 Months for Defrauding New Mexico Widow


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- After pleading guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, a Nigerian national was sentenced to a jail term of fifty-two months. It has been reported by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) that Uchenna Nlemchi collaborated with another individual in order to steal from a New Mexico widow who was 56 years old.

The Department of Justice asserts that the co-conspirator made a vow to marry the woman, but then requested for money to cover what they referred to as “business expenses.” A total of more than $375,000 was transferred by the woman from her retirement account as well as from a home equity loan.

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According to the Department of Justice, some of the cash were transferred through a bogus bank account that was established by Nlemchi. Nlemchi was able to deposit more than $868,000 into his bank account before bank investigators began looking into the matter in 2016, according to the Department of Justice.

This was accomplished with the assistance of money from the New Mexico woman as well as other victims. Nlemchi was attending Texas Southern University at the time, and he was arrested in 2017, making his arrest in 2017. He then made his way back to Nigeria after escaping while being freed on an electronic monitor.

As a fugitive on the international stage, Nlemchi spent many years of his life. The Department of Justice reports that he was finally re-arrested in Hungary in the year 2023.

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Nlemchi will be required to serve more than four years in jail and pay more than $500,000 in reparations as a result of his guilty plea at the federal level for the crimes he committed. A judgment in the amount of more than $800,000 will also be required of him.

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