Pastor Ifeanyichukwu Eric Abakporo, a cleric with a respected Nigerian church, Deeper Life Bible Church, is to spend the next years of his life in prison in the United States of America after he was convicted of fraud.
Pastor Abakporo was accused and found guilty of defrauding banks, mortgage lenders, property owners, and a set of property buyers. The sentenced was delivered by a Federal Court in New York.
Pastor Abakporo was immediately remanded into custody by the presiding U.S. District Court, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin. His wife and two children wept openly in the courtroom as he was being led away to prison in handcuffs…
In addition to the six-year mandatory sentence, Pastor Abakporo will more than likely face deportation back to Nigeria after serving his sentence, with the likelihood of a three-year supervisory probation release waved.
His co-defendant, Latanya Pierce, received a lighter, 30-month sentence. In her closing statement to the court, Ms Latanya Pierce said she felt like the “biggest fool in the world.”
The legal fate of Abakporo and Ms Pierce was never in doubt. They were convicted in a wide-ranging series of illegal transactions in New York City over a nine-year stretch, dating back to 2003.