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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ndangoh Sentenced

BATON ROUGE, LA— United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr., announced that TERENCE NDANGOH, age 25, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge Brian A. Jackson to twenty-one (21) months of imprisonment. NDANGOH was also ordered to repay victims $138,239 in restitution

NDANGOH had previously pled guilty to wire fraud involving a fake internet business purporting to sell frozen chicken feet and other food items to prospective wholesale buyers. NDANGOH collected more than $138,000 from victims who placed orders for the frozen products which were never fulfilled.

According to the Indictment, NDANGOH created Frozen Foods to advertise the sale of food items on the internet. Frozen Foods was not licensed or registered to do business in Louisiana, and neither NDANGOH nor Frozen Foods possessed or had access to the items purportedly for sale.

In addition to creating a fictitious internet company, NDANGOH also transmitted phony licenses, permits and other business certificates to potential buyers to make Frozen Foods look like a legitimate Louisiana-based business. Once purchase details were finalized, NDANGOH emailed the buyer purchasing documents with wiring instructions. The buyer then wired a deposit for the purchase to NDANGOH. NDANGOH never fulfilled the orders or made arrangements to fulfill the orders, despite having received payment for the goods.

This investigation was conducted by United States Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney J. Lane Ewing, Jr.