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;
- Conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
- Conspiracy to commit wire fraud,
- Actual bank fraud.
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.