A Nigerian man must serve 14 years in a U.S. prison for leading a fraud ring that prosecutors in Texas say laundered $3.5 million from hundreds of victims.
Ochuko Sylvester Eruotor was sentenced Friday in Austin. The 42-year-old Eruotor, who lived in Canada, must also repay nearly $1.7 million.
Eruotor last December was extradited from Germany. He pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Prosecutors linked Eruotor to a money laundering network in which victims were targeted with false reports of relatives in jail, fake investments, tax fraud and romance scams.
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Prosecutors say Eruotor was the eighth person convicted and sentenced to federal prison. The others were earlier sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 months to nine years.