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US v ozokhae - Victim Witness Information

US v. Emily John Obozokhae
Case No.: 4:12CR00124

From February 2005 through October 2007, the defendant operated Smoke Shop and Accessories which conducted money transfer transactions. Counterfeit checks were mailed to individuals who were advised to cash and wire a portion of the proceeds to a third party. The wired monies were then intercepted and used for the defendant’s personal use.

Obozokhae was indicted, pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 22, 2013, at 1:30 pm before U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes.

Actual Charges: 

Conspiracy to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud
Conspiracy to Commit International Money Laundering
Aggravated Identity Theft
Conspiracy to Violate Law Relating to Money Transfer
Procurement of Citizenship or Naturalization Unlawfully

Significant Court Events:

Indictment: 3/6/2012 (click here to open)
Superseding Indictment: 10/1/2012 (click here to open)
Plea: 10/3/2012 (click here to open)
Sentencing: 1/22/2013 - 24 months in prison and ordered to pay $6 million in restitution
Schedule for Release: Nov. 24, 2014

Restitution info for victims:

The defendant will be placed on a monthly payment plan, but it is unlikely that victims will receive reimbursement immediately. Any payments received must be divided by the more than 16,000 identified victims in this case. Further, the District Clerk’s Office cannot send individual disbursements until each payment reaches a minimum of $50. We apologize for the unfortunate situation and circumstances to those affected by this case. You may refer to this page for any additional updates.

For more information or for questions, please email vns.usatxs-@usdoj.gov

Kesha Miller
Victim Witness Coordinator

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