Twelve Year Sentence in Money-Transfer Scheme

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A Nigerian citizen has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for a scheme in which he promised millions to his victims in return for advance fees to help transfer the money to the United States.

Thirty-one-year-old Okpako Mike Diamreyan was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Bridgeport after he was convicted of three counts of wire fraud in February. He was ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution.

Prosecutors say he and his accomplices ripped off 67 victims around the world, most of them older people, of more than $1.3 million and left many in financial ruin.

Diamreyan’s attorney has said there was no proof Diamreyan caused the losses, except for four people involving about $30,000.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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