Nigerian Man Faces Sentencing In Gold Coin Thefts

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A Nigerian man has asked a federal judge for leniency for his role in a scheme to purchase gold coins online by fraudulently using the credit card number of another man.

Hakeem Makanjuola faces sentencing Thursday for mail fraud and aiding and abetting mail fraud after pleading guilty to those offenses earlier this year.

The 30-year-old admitted in his plea agreement that he fraudulently ordered gold coins in March 2011 for delivery to a Wichita address. The government says the actual losses were more than $52,000.

Federal sentencing guidelines recommend a prison term of 15 to 21 months. The parties agreed in their plea deal to request a sentence within the guideline range.

But the defense has asked the judge to sentence Makanjuola to probation.


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