Nigerian national sentenced in large fraud conspiracy

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ A 27-year-old Nigerian national who lived in St. Robert has been sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison without parole for participating in a wide-ranging fraud conspiracy.

Segun Prosper Otaru was sentenced Friday. He also was ordered to pay $25,056 in restitution, and to forfeit the same amount to the government.

Prosecutors say Otaru entered the U.S. in 2013 on a student visa but didn’t go to school. He later became a permanent resident through marriage. Over five years, he used 13 aliases and multiple bank accounts with false identities to move funds and commit various frauds as a part of an organized crime network.

Otaru kept some of the funds for himself but also transferred money to co-conspirators in the United States and in other countries.

FOX 2 Newsletters

Sign up for a newsletter from FOX 2 to get updates about news and weather. We offer daily headlines, breaking news, severe weather, and forecast emails.

Latest News

More News