Nigerian Pleads Guilty To $70M Scheme To Cheat Lawyers

By Helen Christophi (January 18, 2013, 9:11 PM EST) -- A Nigerian national pled guilty Friday in Pennsylvania federal court to a charge of criminal conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in a $70 million swindle of U.S. and Canadian law firms, the U.S. attorney's office in Harrisburg, Pa., said in a statement.

Emmanuel Ekhator, 42, of Mississauga, Ontario, and Benin City, Nigeria, also admitted he was a ringleader in the international email scheme that allegedly tricked American and Canadian attorneys into representing foreign citizens who wanted to recover money from entities in the U.S. and Canada, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Ekhator's role in the plot resulted in between...

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