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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

FORMER DEEPER LIFE PASTOR CONVICTED ON FRAUD CHARGES


Former Deeper Life Bible Church pastor and Nigeria-born lawyer, Ifeanyichukwu Eric Abakporo, has been convicted on charges of fraud by a jury in New York, and he could spend a maximum term of 30 years in prison when he is sentenced on November 12, 2013.

Abakporo was found guilty of three charges;
  1. Conspiracy to commit bank fraud. 
  2. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 
  3. Actual bank fraud.  
The first and third charges each carry a maximum of 30 years in jail, while wire fraud carries a maximum of 20 years.

Abakporo’s co-conspirator, Latanya Pierce, who was also found guilty on all three counts, faces the same predicament.  She will be sentenced separately on December 9, 2013.

Last February, a grand jury of the United States District Court Southern District of New York indicted Abakporo and Pierce on the charges, and recommended that they forfeit to the government a wide variety of properties related to their offences, as well as a sum of money representing the approximate amount of proceeds obtained as a result of the offences.

The jury trial of the suspects took place on July 26 before Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, and the guilty verdict was rendered as early as 7:00am August 6,. (Nigerian time) Ms. Pierce is currently out on bail, but Abakporo was remanded in custody.
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