In United States, two Nigerians have been sentenced to a combined 31 months in prison for “spearfishing” email scheme and file fraudulent tax returns.
Eneye Dania and Osariemen Isibor steals personal information from Vermont state employees.
Dania, 31, was sentenced to 17 months, while Isibor, 32, will serve 14 months. Both men will be returned to Nigeria after completing prison time, Vermontdigger.org reported.
The two men pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud in U.S. District Court in Rutland in March. Federal officials said Dania and Isibor sent emails to employees of local governments, colleges and universities designed to look like they were sent from human resource departments.
Vermont Tax Commissioner Kaj Samson told VTDigger in March that no Vermont tax refunds were paid out to the perpetrators.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that the two participated in the email scheme while in Nigeria, and then travelled to the U.S. after committing the crime.