Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – NNAMDI FRANKLIN OJIMBA, 36,
currently from Chicago, Illinois, has been sentenced to 102 months in
federal prison for his role in a fraudulent romance scheme involving
victims throughout the United States, announced Timothy J. Downing, U.S.
Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
On October 17, 2017, a grand jury indicted Ojimba for conspiracy and
wire fraud. According to the indictment, the scheme involved using
false profiles to open accounts on online dating websites and then
courting victims by pretending to be successful financial advisors or
affiliated with charitable causes. Over time, through supposedly
romantic relationships, the defendant and others caused victims to share
personal information about their finances and then encouraged victims
to wire them money on the pretext of managing their investments. The
conspirators actually kept the money for personal use. Ojimba was
arrested in Chicago in October, 2017. After a jury failed to reach a
unanimous decision in October, 2018, Ojimba was re-tried on the
conspiracy count in August 2019 and was convicted by a jury. He has been
in federal custody since his conviction.
Yesterday, Chief United States Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti sentenced
Ojimba to 102 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised
release. He was also ordered to pay restitution totaling almost $3.5
Two other participants in the scheme were convicted separately. In
2017, KEN EJIMIFOR EZEAH, 38, of Houston, Texas, was sentenced to 11
years in prison following a plea of guilty. AKUNNA BAIYINA EJIOFOR, 36,
also of Houston, was sentenced to a prison term of 7 years after being
convicted at trial. For more information, please see https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdok/pr/two-sentenced-11-and-7-years-federal-prison-46-million-internet-romance-fraud.
The case was the result of an investigation by the Oklahoma City
office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted
by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy W. Ogilvie.