Oluyomi Oshinaike of two counts of bank fraud for a scam authorities say involved more than a million dollars in altered corporate checks.
Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Butler Jr. scheduled Oshinaike’s sentencing for Feb. 15. Under advisory sentencing guidelines, he faces a prison term of at least 2½ years and as much as 3 years and a month.
Okwudili “Cowboy” “Dilly” Umenyiora, who has already pleaded guilty to the bank fraud, also testified that he convinced Oluyomi Oshinaike to recruit people who were willing to allow checks to be deposited into their bank accounts.
“His job was to go out and find the accounts,” he testified.
Okwudili testified the account holders would be told a cover story similar to solicitations many people get via e-mail. The tale would be that a person in Nigeria needed help getting money into the United States.
Assistant US Attorney E.T. Rolison said in his closing argument that it is a classic Nigeria scam. ”The reason you call it that is because they say, ‘My father is in Nigeria.’ They come up with that story,” he said.
Okwudili confessed that he would pay a postal worker at a mail-sorting center in Atlanta $500 for corporate bank checks, each. He said he did not know the man’s name, but a man by the name of Andrew Bryant Gunn has pleaded guilty in federal court in Atlanta in connection with the plot and will be sentenced next month.
Okwudili told jurors he would take the checks to a man named Guy Taylor, who would change the payee line. He would then give the checks to partners who would in turn deposit them into bank accounts.