GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Federal officials say a Maryland man used fake passports to facilitate a money laundering conspiracy involving nearly $1 million.
Arinze Michael Ozor, 36, pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges of forgery or false use of a passport, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland said in a release Monday. He's a dual citizen of the U.S. and Nigeria.
Ozor used at least two passports to open eight so-called “drop accounts", prosecutors said. He took more than $976,000 from business email compromise schemes and romance fraud schemes and put it in those accounts.
Officials say Ozor used a Ghanaian passport to open five bank accounts and a Beninese passport to open three additional accounts. The money was then largely sent to other entities involved in the schemes.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
Ozor is expected to be sentenced in May. He could spend up to 10 years in prison.
An attorney representing Ozor didn't immediately return a call seeking comment, The Baltimore Sun reported.
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