A Nigerian man recently found guilty of fleecing a 65-year-old female Guyanese pensioner of over $6 million has been sentenced to ten years in prison.
He was arrested in November 2020 after which he faced a slew of charges amid sensational media reportage in the South American country.
Guyanese police say Uche Raymond Okoye also known as ‘Uche Parker’ is also facing several other fraud charges: more cases are still pending against him by the country’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).
He was sentenced Friday when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on ten of those charges, spending one year in prison for each.
According to a police report, during a plea in mitigation, Uche agreed to repay the victim some of the money he defrauded her.
According to the police, several ongoing “romance scams” and pyramid schemes are reportedly being operated in Guyana by Nigerian nationals living there illegally; the victims are lured by persons they meet online who influence them to send money.
This organised crime is being investigated by SOCU and Guyanese citizens have been urged not to send money to people they meet online.