Nigerian jailed for lottery scam

2011-08-20 07:18

The Bloemfontein Regional Court yesterday jailed a Nigerian national for five years after he conned an accountant out of R37 500, and transferred R20 000 from a lawyer’s bank account, Beeld newspaper reported.

Francis Opara (36), from Soweto, Johannesburg, was found guilty on three counts of money laundering.

Bloemfontein chartered accountant Sandra Bosch received an email in November 2005 stating she had won £1.5 million in Graphic Lottery International’s draw. She paid money to a “lawyer to handle her claim to the lottery”.

She smelt a rat when she contacted the UK’s reserve bank, the Bank of England, who told her there was no such prize. She called the police.

Opara also managed to gain access to Bloemfontein advocate Louis Lategan’s bank account and transferred R20 000 into his own, at an FNB branch in Johannesburg.

Lategan did not know how Opara got his bank details.

The bank froze Opara’s account. He was arrested when he went into the bank to query this, Beeld reported.

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