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6 years for Nigerian who ripped off firms

A Nigerian man was sentenced to six years in prison for hiding criminal income totaling more than US$265,000, the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court said yesterday.

The convict, Aderiye Alexander Dotun, 34, also received a fine of 100,000 yuan (US$15,875) and will be deported from China after serving his sentence, the court ruled.

Prosecutors said Dotun used two fake passports in the name of Lemon Sanford and Imperial Digital to open accounts at the Bank of China and the China Construction Bank in March and May last year.

Between April 28 and June 15, he withdrew more than US$248,000 from one account and US$17,260 from the other. Prosecutors said that money was defrauded from two foreign companies, which had been deceived to transfer their international trade payments into Dotun's accounts.

The two victim companies, Jeffery Court in the United States and Karyan Luggage in the United Arab Emirates, were supposed to transfer money to two Chinese companies in Hebei Province and Fujian Province. But the e-mail containing the receiving company's bank account was hacked, and the two companies were directed to make the transfer into Dotun's accounts instead.

Dotun claimed he didn't know the money was criminal income and said he withdrew it for his friend, a Nigerian named Lawrence Ayuba, who gave him two fake passports and told him to open the accounts. The convict also said he was to receive a 5 percent commission for each transaction, the court heard.

Dotun admitted withdrawing US$17,260 from the BOC account but denied taking money out of the CCB account. Three CCB bank employees testified Dotun was the man who dealt with the criminal income at their counters in June.

Prosecutors said a total of four fake passports were seized from Dotun, and all had his photos. Dotun said they were not him but Ayuba, who resembled him. Police said there was no evidence that Ayuba even exists.

Dotun was caught by local police at a BOC branch on Luban Road on June 24 last year. The convict, who came to China in May 2009, was then detained for 10 days for an illegal stay.


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