Florida Computer Crime News Update -- Nigerian Accused of Illegal Email Scheme Will Serve 151 months: The Curious Case of U.S. v. Diamreyan

July 25, 2012 by David S. Seltzer

If you or a loved one has been accused of a computer crime in Florida or elsewhere, odds are that your actions (or alleged actions) involved many people from around world – whom you may never have met in person.

Computer crimes are often global in their scale. They're thus complicated not only logistically but also legally. Consider, for instance, the case of Okpako Mike Diamreyan, who was recently convicted of violating wire fraud laws (18 US Code 1342 and 1343) and hit with a sentence of 151 months behind bars. That roughly translates to nearly 13 years in jail.

The defendant allegedly managed and participated in a long running Nigerian email scam, in which he and coconspirators persuaded victims via email to send money to him in exchange for the promise of additional money later – or sometimes prizes or other valuable assets. After being indicted on November 23, 2009, the defendant successfully appealed his case in 2011. The charges were dismissed because he "objected that the government had presented certain protected testimony from his spouse to the grand jury, in violation of his spousal privilege."

Diamreyan, who married a woman he met on the internet in 2003 and moved to Boston shortly thereafter, used the email address “milkymyx@yahoo.com” for a decade to fish for victims and plan and execute what the government called a “large scale, Nigerian fraud scheme.” But his successful appeal was not long-lived. Immediately after the reversal, the government brought a second case against Diamreyan on three counts, leveraging evidence of wire transfers and a telephone call made by victims in Connecticut and elsewhere.

The government argued that Diamreyan and his coconspirators sent emails to victims promising millions of dollars to anyone who would assist third parties, foreign dignitaries, etc. Diamreyan’s scheme caught the attention of the global media in the early 2000s. His and other so-called “Nigerian email scams” gave birth to a diverse array of strange and creative computer crimes.

Diamreyan ultimately lost his second appeal. Since the judge found that he managed/supervised the criminal activity, extra points were added to his U.S. sentencing guideline score. This "boost" elevated his sentencing score to level 34, which mandates a punishment of 151 to 188 months in jail.

What can Diamreyan’s story teach you, if you've been accused of a computer crime in Florida?

Whether you collaborated with dozens of other people overseas in an elaborate scheme, or you simply got arrested for trying to hack into a corporate or private website, the time to develop your defense is now. Look to the experienced lawyers at Seltzer Law, PA, for timely, crucial guidance. Call now for a free consultation: 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (1-888-843-3333).