Okemiorukaye, Esther, and Unuakpotovo Nakpodia have been sentenced to jail for 16 years cumulatively after they were found guilty of money laundering for a notorious crime gang, known as the Black Axe, through bank accounts in the United Kingdom.
The Woolwich Crown Court found 56-year-old Okemiorukaye guilty of conspiracy to launder money and was sentenced to 6 years and 6 months in jail while Esther and Unuakpotovo, who both pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing as they laundered the proceeds of over one hundred fraud deals between 2007 and 2015, were sentenced to 2 years, 6 months and 7 years, 6 months in prison respectively.
The transactions of the notorious crime gang’s leader, Augustus Bemigho-Eyeoyibo, have been linked to the brother-in-law of the Nakpodias.
Speaking in a statement, the lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service, Phillip Slough, said, "We were able to show the Nakpodias were talking to Augustus Bemigho-Eyeoyibo, the leader of Black Axe, based on conversations found on their devices. They talked about the amounts, and what to do with the funds after they arrived, including how much to keep for themselves.”
“This strong evidence confirmed that the Nakpodias had been actively involved for a number of years in a conspiracy to launder money which had been stolen by others using phone and email scams.
“This prosecution will play a role in starving a dangerous criminal gang of funds and we will seek to recover their proceeds of crime at a later hearing."