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  • Updated: July 12, 2023

Internet Fraud: Woodberry Given Eight-Year Jail Term By US Court

Internet Fraud: Woodberry Given Eight-Year Jail Term By US C

Suspected internet fraudster Jacob Olalekan Ponle, also known as Woodberry, has been sentenced to eight years in prison by a federal judge in the United States.

Woodberry was given the jail term on Tuesday, July 11 by Judge Robert Gettleman for his part in the coordination of a multimillion-dollar fraud.

“The defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total term of 100 months as to count,” Gettleman stated in his verdict.

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Woodberry's sentencing comes following his conviction on one count of fraud; others were dismissed after a plea bargain in April.

He was ordered by Judge Gettleman to submit himself to the U.S. Marshal Service for onward transfer to the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut.

Woodberry's family, including his American fiancée, will be allowed to pay him visits at the facility.

According to the judge, he will be “surrendered to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody for deportation immediately following his incarceration”.

Woodberry will also pay about $8 million in restitution to seven victims as the court found out that he has the capacity to make the full payment but waived all interests on the restitution value. 

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