Nigerian gets 18 years in Vietnamese prison for import scam

A prison cell used to illustrate the story
FILE PHOTO: A police cell used to illustrate the story

A Southern Vietnam court has sentenced a Nigerian to 18 years in prison over a fake customs enforcement scam, state media reported on Friday.

A local media reported that Michael Ikechukwu Leonard, 45, was convicted on Thursday of “deceiving others to steal their assets” in a scam which targeted wealthy Vietnamese women.

The court in Can Tho city determined that Leonard gained his victims’ trust on messaging apps using various alter egos, including a U.S. army officer.

The convict was said to have promised to send his victims valuable presents, including laptops and jewellery from the U.S.

Local accomplices, Huynh Ha Binh, Huynh Ha Uyen and Nguyen Tran Quynh Nhi, would then contact the women claiming to be customs agents and demand fees or fines for the non-existent shipments.

They successfully conned a woman in Can Tho out of 28,500 dollars, leading to their arrest.

It is unclear how many women were duped by the gang in total.

Leonard’s accomplices received sentences ranging from 12 to 15 years. (dpa/NAN)


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  • Abdullah Musa

    Why should a mind be inclined to illegality, always?

    • thusspokez

      Natural-born criminal are people born with dominate criminal instincts. But ask IkeChukwu and he would let you know that it is all about being smart and having superior intelligence.

      • Abdullah Musa

        We prefer an intelligence that respects the law.
        Igbo leaders ought to rise to the challenge posed by this recurring criminality.

  • Shahokaya

    So very hardworking and enterprising Ikechukwu will spend 18 years behind bars? Anyway he is lucky, some of his industrious colleagues has since been executed for drugs trafficking.