Nigeria Extradites Man Accused of Scamming Law Firms Out of $31M via Check Fraud Scam @ABAjournal (8/15/11)

Nigeria has extradited a man accused of scamming more than 80 law firms and lawyers out of $31 million in a debt collection ruse.

The Associated Press reports Nigeria’s anti-graft agency announced the extradition of Emmanuel Ekhator to the United States on Friday. He is one of several people accused of participating in a fraud ring. Charging documents say the ring not only collected $31 million in the scam, but also tried to defraud 300 other lawyers and firms out of $100M.

The scam worked this way: one scammer would contact a law firm for help collecting a debt. Another person posing as the debtor would send a fake check to the law firm, which would take its fee before sending the remainder to the client. If the scam goes according to plan, the so-called client gets the money before the fake check is discovered.

According to a superseding indictment (PDF), victims included several Pennsylvania law firms, a Canadian law firm and an Alabama law firm.

For full article see: Nigeria Extradites Man Accused of Scamming Law Firms Out of $31M

Special thanks to Denise Quinterri, http://azethicslaw.com/ and @ABAJournal

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