AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - After stealing nearly a quarter-million dollars from an Augusta attorney, this Texas woman now faces up to 20 years in prison.
Gloria Ifem Okolie, 39-years-old was found guilty Wednesday, May 15 of conspiracy to commit money laundering by a federal jury in U.S. District Court in Augusta. Okolie was acquitted of a second charge in the case. A date for sentencing has not been set.
Court documents and testimony detail how Okolie, along with former co-defendant Paul Wilson Aisosa, participated in a scheme to steal $246,218.83 from an Augusta attorney who was deceived into rerouting the proceeds from the sale of a West Lake home.
The two sent money to an account that Okolie opened at a Dallas bank where she, Aisosa, and another co-conspirator who is currently in Nigeria withdrew large portions of the money.
“Okolie was part of an elaborate plan of deception to steal money from an unsuspecting victim through an email scam,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta.
“Complex international cases involving cyber fraud and banking manipulation are still, in the end, just old-fashioned theft,” said U.S. Attorney Bobby L. Christine. “And just like any other theft, our job is to work with our law enforcement partners to bring these thieves to justice and shut down the avenues by which they enrich themselves at the expense of honest people.”
The case was investigated by the FBI and the IRS, and prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patricia Rhodes and Hank Syms.