A Nigerian swindler and resident named Uche Raymond Okoye, has been sentenced to ten years in jail in Guyana for swindling a 65-year-old woman of $6million (roughly N2.5 billion).
On Friday, Okoye, also known as Uche Parker, who is currently facing a number of other fraud allegations in the Magistrate Court, was sentenced on ten of them.
He was found guilty on ten counts of obtaining money by false illusion from the woman, a pensioner, on November 3, 2021.
He was sentenced to one year in jail on each of the 10 offenses at Friday’s sentence hearing by Magistrate Anette Singh in the Georgetown Magistrates Court.
Uche agreed to refund the victim some of the money he conned from her during a plea bargain.
The Special Organised Crime Unit is still investigating further charges against him.
Several continuing romance package scams and pyramid schemes are reportedly being run in Guyana by Nigerian nationals who are in the country illegally, where victims agreed to part with their money by people they meet online.
The Special Organised Crime Unit is looking into this organized crime, and citizens of Guyana are being advised not to pay money to people they meet online.
Attorney-at-Law Tuanna Hardy of the Special Organised Crime Unit prosecuted the case, while Attorney-at-Law Melvin Duke represented the defendants.