A Vietnamese woman and two Nigerian men stood a trial in the central province of Khanh Hoa on April 10 for fraud. Photo: Lien Phuc
A court in the central province of Khanh Hoa on Friday sentenced a Vietnamese woman and two Nigerian men to between 12 and 15 years in prison for hacking into emails of local companies to swindle money from their foreign partners.
Le Thi Kim Quyen, 35, and her accomplices – Christian Nnadikwe, 34, and Collins Deke, 37 – were also found guilty of another fraud scheme, in which they pretended to be a British friend of two Vietnamese women on Facebook and asked them to send money as shipping fees to receive gifts.
Quyen got 15 years while Nnadikwe and Deke each received 12 years.
Another Nigerian suspect and Quyen's de facto husband, Mark Mamado Abdallah, 39, is still at large.
The group pocketed over VND3.3 billion (US$150,000) between April and August 2013, according to the indictment. Most of this came from the email hacking scheme.
Prosecutors said over the four months, Quyen and Abdallah hacked into the emails of several Vietnamese companies doing business with foreign companies.
They gave the information to Nnadikwe and then Deke, who would later transfer it to another Nigerian man living in Malaysia.
This man, referred to as Chief Brother, then used the compromised email accounts to contact the victims’ foreign partners, asking them to send payments to a bank account opened by Quyen and Abdallah.