BRADFORD COUNTY COUPLE ACCUSED OF HUGE MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEME

A Bradford County woman has admitted that she and her husband laundered nearly $1.9 million they obtained by making false pleas about the need for money on social media. 53 year old Christine Okpako and her husband 55 year old Jabin Okpako of Sayre… according to federal prosecutors… acted as agents in the United States for co-conspirators in Ghana and Nigeria. Christine Okpako pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. Middle District Court to a charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Her plea is valid only if her husband also pleads guilty. Jury selection for his trial currently is scheduled for May. Prosecutors say the couple preyed on women ages 55 to 85 who visited online game, relationship and dating websites including Instagram, Facebook, Words with Friends and What’s App by cultivating online relationships through texts, instant messaging and the exchange of pictures and then induced them to send or transmit money for fictitious reasons. The scheme resulting in the couple taking in $1,898,046 between January 2016 and June 2019.

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