Ikemba Iweala's sex extortion update: Queen Nwoye Convicted


Reference:Ikemba Iweala in sex extortion mess  / Smoking Gun

A jury convicted a Laurel woman late today of taking part in an extortion scheme against a neurosurgeon with whom she had an affair. Queen Nwoye, 28, was accused of conspiring to extort $180,000 from Ikemba Iweala, a doctor at Providence Hospital. Prosecutors said Nwoye and a partner - who has not been charged in the case - threatened to reveal the affair unless Iweala turned over the money. Iweala, who is married, paid the money but then alerted authorities, prosecutors said.

Jurors deliberated less than two hours before returning their verdict. Nwoye likely faces a prison term of 30 to 37 months under federal sentencing guidelines, prosecutors said. U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle set a Jan. 18 sentencing date.

The 59-year-old Nigerian neurosurgeon at Providence Hospital confessed that he started an affair with Nwoye, a nurse who hailed from his native country.

He told the jury yesterday that his stupidity sullied his and his family's reputation and seriously wounded his marriage.

"Things will never be the same," a frail-looking, gray-bearded Iweala said with a sigh as he testified this week. "I am still married. . . . But I feel very angry at myself. And, I have lost a lot of money."

Iweala hoped to conceal the affair and protect his community standing in the United States and in Nigeria, he acknowledged to prosecutors. Other members of his family, based in the cozy suburb of Potomac and with high profiles in their own fields, had much at stake as well.

His wife, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is a former foreign and finance minister for Nigeria and a veteran employee of the World Bank. She is a Harvard-educated economist and was mentioned as a possible successor to Paul D. Wolfowitz, who resigned as president in June. This month, the new World Bank president, Robert B. Zoellick, made her one of his top deputies.

Uzodinma Iweala, the couple's son, who graduated from St. Albans and Harvard, is the author of the critically acclaimed "Beasts of No Nation," his first novel. The fictionalized story of an African child warrior was released last year.

Nwoye insisted that she, too, was a victim.

Testifying in her own defense, she admitted yesterday that she helped collect the money and helped her boyfriend, Adriane Osuagwu, pretend to be her cousin so he could conceal his identity. But with a sullen face and insistent cries, Nwoye testified that she was powerless to resist the orders of Osuagwu, whom she described as a physically abusive, controlling man and as the scheme's mastermind.

"This is a sad case," Nwoye's attorney, John Iweanoge, told jurors in opening statements earlier in the week. "You're going to hear evidence of adultery, no question. You're going to hear about money going into Ms. Nwoye's accounts."

But, the defense attorney continued, "Ms. Nwoye was a victim too, She made the mistake of her life falling in love in the middle of a divorce with the wrong man."

According to court papers, the story began in early 2002 when Nwoye, then a nurse in training, noticed the doctor's name in a hospital directory. She said she recognized Iweala as a fellow Nigerian and introduced herself. They became friends, and, in September 2002, they became lovers. The sexual relationship ended in August 2003, they both say, but their friendship continued.

Nearly three years later, in February 2006, Iweala testified, he received a surprise call from Nwoye. She told Iweala that he must call her cousin "Ufondu" in Georgia. It was then that "Ufondu," an alias that the nurse's new boyfriend was using, demanded that the doctor pay $20,000 or he would tell Iweala's wife about the affair. Within a week, the man demanded another $20,000, prosecutors said.

On March 10, 2006, Nwoye called Iweala to suggest that they meet because "she said she had not had sex in a while," according to court papers. While the two were having sex in the parking lot in Nwoye's car, someone approached and began taking photographs. That night, "Ufondu" called Iweala again to demand an additional $100,000, the court papers said.

Iweala said the demands by "Ufondu" continued. Authorities say Nwoye picked up some of the checks and cash and deposited the money into her and her boyfriend's bank accounts. "There is a lot I could have done," she told the jury. "I really wanted something to be done, but I couldn't help myself."

Iweala brought the case to the FBI's attention and agreed to help authorities in the prosecution. "He felt compelled to bring the culprits to justice in order to prevent others from falling prey to a similar scheme," said Iweala's attorney, Vincent Cohen.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Hart-Edwards told jurors that the case is not about getting the money back. "That's gone," she said.

One unanswered question for the jury so far concerns the boyfriend, Osuagwu. If he orchestrated this extortion plot along with the nurse, as the government alleges, where is he, and why hasn't he been charged, too?

"Beats me," Nwoye's attorney said. "I'm surprised he's not here now, as a defendant."

Prosecutors declined to comment on why Osuagwu has not been charged.



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Re: Okonjo-Iweala's Husband Extortion Case: A trial Update
Gide posted on 11-02-2007, 08:38:46 AM
even after de woman don extort money from am he still go back shine her congo

God dey sha
Re: Okonjo-Iweala's Husband Extortion Case: A trial Update
Mikky jaga posted on 11-02-2007, 09:25:06 AM
So what's the trial all about if Osuagwu, the real blackmailer was not arraigned?

On another note, I have seen the picture of Mr. Iweala and I must confess the man no be am at all. Gaunt, frail looking with unkempt, grey beard all over the face. I was surprised he is the hubby of our dear Okonjo. Women sef, the kin things wey them dey marry. To say the man wowo will be an understatement. Little wonder Baba himself took a special interest in madam's headgear while her husband was busy shinning congo in US.

I hope Iweala will allow the gal go. Afterall, she didn't force him. The real culprit is the gal's boyfriend. Let the law go after him.
Re: Okonjo-Iweala's Husband Extortion Case: A trial Update
Ojemba posted on 11-02-2007, 16:14:17 PM
Some how I can't absolve Ngozi of blame in all this, what was her relationship with her husband that put so much fear of her in him?How could a man be so scared of his wife that he was willing to part with $180k to avoid her wrath? God knows I won't even part with $100 if I was married to the queen. Ngozi may be a bit unforgiving which may have been why Ikemba was so pliant. This should be a lesson for women, a man is an animal no matter how educated.

In Igbo we say "you do not learn to use the left hand at an old age", obviously Ikemba was never a "guy man" otherwise he should have known where to get his fun without falling "mugu". Dating a Nigerian girl while being married is fishing in troubled waters even for the smoothest operator talk less of a clueless doc.

In most Nigerian circles in the US this would have been no case, just a few weeks of fighting and quarrelling and you put it behind you. I hope Ngozi finds the heart to forgive the bobo, afterall body no be firewood. What was she expecting when she abandoned him in Washington and went running errands for a man (OBJ) whose morals will make Ikemba a saint.
Re: Okonjo-Iweala's Husband Extortion Case: A trial Update
Auspicious posted on 11-02-2007, 16:28:45 PM
I smell Tony Okocha...

Anybody?

Auspicious.
Ikemba Iweala's sex extortion update: Queen Nwoye Convicted
WayoGuy posted on 11-03-2007, 05:32:27 AM
Nurse Who Had Affair With Doctor Found Guilty of Extortion

By Carol D. LeonnigWashington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 2, 2007; 4:37 PM

A jury convicted a Laurel woman late today of taking part in an extortion scheme against a neurosurgeon with whom she had an affair.

Queen Nwoye, 28, was accused of conspiring to extort $180,000 from Ikemba Iweala, a doctor at Providence Hospital. Prosecutors said Nwoye and a partner -- who has not been charged in the case -- threatened to reveal the affair unless Iweala turned over the money. Iweala, who is married, paid the money but then alerted authorities, prosecutors said.

Jurors deliberated less than two hours before returning their verdict. Nwoye likely faces a prison term of 30 to 37 months under federal sentencing guidelines, prosecutors said. U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle set a Jan. 18 sentencing date.

The 59-year-old Nigerian neurosurgeon at Providence Hospital confessed that he started an affair with Nwoye, a nurse who hailed from his native country.

He told the jury yesterday that his stupidity sullied his and his family's reputation and seriously wounded his marriage.

"Things will never be the same," a frail-looking, gray-bearded Iweala said with a sigh as he testified this week. "I am still married. . . . But I feel very angry at myself. And, I have lost a lot of money."

Iweala hoped to conceal the affair and protect his community standing in the United States and in Nigeria, he acknowledged to prosecutors. Other members of his family, based in the cozy suburb of Potomac and with high profiles in their own fields, had much at stake as well.

His wife, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is a former foreign and finance minister for Nigeria and a veteran employee of the World Bank. She is a Harvard-educated economist and was mentioned as a possible successor to Paul D. Wolfowitz, who resigned as president in June. This month, the new World Bank president, Robert B. Zoellick, made her one of his top deputies.

Uzodinma Iweala, the couple's son, who graduated from St. Albans and Harvard, is the author of the critically acclaimed "Beasts of No Nation," his first novel. The fictionalized story of an African child warrior was released last year.

Nwoye insisted that she, too, was a victim.

Testifying in her own defense, she admitted yesterday that she helped collect the money and helped her boyfriend, Adriane Osuagwu, pretend to be her cousin so he could conceal his identity. But with a sullen face and insistent cries, Nwoye testified that she was powerless to resist the orders of Osuagwu, whom she described as a physically abusive, controlling man and as the scheme's mastermind.

"This is a sad case," Nwoye's attorney, John Iweanoge, told jurors in opening statements earlier in the week. "You're going to hear evidence of adultery, no question. You're going to hear about money going into Ms. Nwoye's accounts."

But, the defense attorney continued, "Ms. Nwoye was a victim too, She made the mistake of her life falling in love in the middle of a divorce with the wrong man."

According to court papers, the story began in early 2002 when Nwoye, then a nurse in training, noticed the doctor's name in a hospital directory. She said she recognized Iweala as a fellow Nigerian and introduced herself. They became friends, and, in September 2002, they became lovers. The sexual relationship ended in August 2003, they both say, but their friendship continued.

Nearly three years later, in February 2006, Iweala testified, he received a surprise call from Nwoye. She told Iweala that he must call her cousin "Ufondu" in Georgia. It was then that "Ufondu," an alias that the nurse's new boyfriend was using, demanded that the doctor pay $20,000 or he would tell Iweala's wife about the affair. Within a week, the man demanded another $20,000, prosecutors said.

On March 10, 2006, Nwoye called Iweala to suggest that they meet because "she said she had not had sex in a while," according to court papers. While the two were having sex in the parking lot in Nwoye's car, someone approached and began taking photographs. That night, "Ufondu" called Iweala again to demand an additional $100,000, the court papers said.

Iweala said the demands by "Ufondu" continued. Authorities say Nwoye picked up some of the checks and cash and deposited the money into her and her boyfriend's bank accounts. "There is a lot I could have done," she told the jury. "I really wanted something to be done, but I couldn't help myself."

Iweala brought the case to the FBI's attention and agreed to help authorities in the prosecution. "He felt compelled to bring the culprits to justice in order to prevent others from falling prey to a similar scheme," said Iweala's attorney, Vincent Cohen.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Hart-Edwards told jurors that the case is not about getting the money back. "That's gone," she said.

One unanswered question for the jury so far concerns the boyfriend, Osuagwu. If he orchestrated this extortion plot along with the nurse, as the government alleges, where is he, and why hasn't he been charged, too?

"Beats me," Nwoye's attorney said. "I'm surprised he's not here now, as a defendant."
Prosecutors declined to comment on why Osuagwu has not been charged.
Re: Nurse Found Guilty In Okonjo-iweala Sex/extortion Case
Mikky jaga posted on 11-03-2007, 05:52:10 AM
Wayo Guy Sir,

Is there no wayo way of preventing the girl from going behind bars. At 28, her chances of getting settled later in life may be jeopardized by the jail term.

Please, Wayo Guy, kindly help her out of this jam. I trust in your ability, hence this request.

Thanks in advance for helping a sister.

Sincerely,

Mikky jaga.
Re: Nurse Found Guilty In Okonjo-iweala Sex/extortion Case
WayoGuy posted on 11-03-2007, 06:35:20 AM
QUOTE:
Wayo Guy Sir,

Is there no wayo way of preventing the girl from going behind bars. At 28, her chances of getting settled later in life may be jeopardized by the jail term.

Please, Wayo Guy, kindly help her out of this jam. I trust in your ability, hence this request.

Thanks in advance for helping a sister.

Sincerely,

Mikky jaga.


Mikky, my brother,

WayoGuy has already failed, and failed miserably, in his attempt to defend this poor girl. Recall that earlier this year, WayoGuy published, here on NVS the following article defending Queen Nwoye http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/articles/wayo-guy/not-guilty-of-embezzlement-in-defense-of-orji-uzor.html

From what I have seen of the opening statements and closing arguments of Queen Nwoye's attorney (who incidentally is a friend of mine), he used almost an identical line of reasoning as I did in my NVS article. But apparently the jury did not buy it. Therefore, WayoGuy failed too. WayoGuy deserves to be spanked (where is crimsonbabe?)
Ikemba Iweala's sex extortion update: Queen Nwoye Convicted
WayoGuy posted on 11-03-2007, 09:50:37 AM
Nurse's D.C. Extortion Trial Bares Doctor's Costly Affair
By Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writer

Friday, November 2, 2007; Page B01

A 59-year-old Nigerian neurosurgeon at Providence Hospital confesses that he started an affair with a 20-something nurse who hailed from his native country. But what happened next, authorities say, made him a hapless victim of a scam that has been pulled in Nigerian communities around the world.

The nurse and a mysterious partner began demanding that the doctor turn over large sums of money -- over time, a total of $180,000 -- to keep the affair a secret from the doctor's wife, a prominent World Bank official and Brookings Institution scholar. They said they had pictures of him and the nurse during assignations in a car.

The doctor paid up, but his wife found out anyway, according to court papers filed in the case, and now the whole sorry mess is being painfully replayed at the federal courthouse in Washington, where the nurse is on trial on extortion charges.

The embarrassed doctor told the jury that his stupidity sullied his and his family's reputation and seriously wounded his marriage.

"Things will never be the same," a frail-looking, gray-bearded Ikemba Iweala said with a sigh as he testified this week. "I am still married. . . . But I feel very angry at myself. And, I have lost a lot of money."

Iweala hoped to conceal the affair and protect his community standing in the United States and in Nigeria, he acknowledged to prosecutors. Other members of his family, based in the cozy suburb of Potomac and with high profiles in their own fields, had much at stake as well.

His wife, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is a former foreign and finance minister for Nigeria and a veteran employee of the World Bank. She is a Harvard-educated economist and was mentioned as a possible successor to Paul D. Wolfowitz, who resigned as president in June. This month, the new World Bank president, Robert B. Zoellick, made her one of his top deputies.

Uzodinma Iweala, the couple's son, who graduated from St. Albans and Harvard, is the author of the critically acclaimed "Beasts of No Nation," his first novel. The fictionalized story of an African child warrior was released last year.

The doctor's paramour, Queen Nwoye, 28, on trial before U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle, insists that she, too, was a victim.

Testifying in her own defense, she admitted yesterday that she helped collect the money and helped her boyfriend, Adriane Osuagwu, pretend to be her cousin so he could conceal his identity. But with a sullen face and insistent cries, Nwoye testified that she was powerless to resist the orders of Osuagwu, whom she described as a physically abusive, controlling man and as the scheme's mastermind.

"This is a sad case," Nwoye's attorney, John Iweanoge, told jurors in opening statements earlier in the week. "You're going to hear evidence of adultery, no question. You're going to hear about money going into Ms. Nwoye's accounts."

But, the defense attorney continued, "Ms. Nwoye was a victim too, She made the mistake of her life falling in love in the middle of a divorce with the wrong man."

According to court papers, the story began in early 2002 when Nwoye, then a nurse in training, noticed the doctor's name in a hospital directory. She said she recognized Iweala as a fellow Nigerian and introduced herself. They became friends, and, in September 2002, they became lovers. The sexual relationship ended in August 2003, they both say, but their friendship continued.

Nearly three years later, in February 2006, Iweala testified, he received a surprise call from Nwoye. She told Iweala that he must call her cousin "Ufondu" in Georgia. It was then that "Ufondu," an alias that the nurse's new boyfriend was using, demanded that the doctor pay $20,000 or he would tell Iweala's wife about the affair. Within a week, the man demanded another $20,000, prosecutors said.

On March 10, 2006, Nwoye called Iweala to suggest that they meet because "she said she had not had sex in a while," according to court papers. While the two were having sex in the parking lot in Nwoye's car, someone approached and began taking photographs. That night, "Ufondu" called Iweala again to demand an additional $100,000, the court papers said.

Iweala said the demands by "Ufondu" continued. Authorities say Nwoye picked up some of the checks and cash and deposited the money into her and her boyfriend's bank accounts. "There is a lot I could have done," she told the jury. "I really wanted something to be done, but I couldn't help myself."

Iweala brought the case to the FBI's attention and agreed to help authorities in the prosecution. "He felt compelled to bring the culprits to justice in order to prevent others from falling prey to a similar scheme," said Iweala's attorney, Vincent Cohen.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Hart-Edwards told jurors that the case is not about getting the money back. "That's gone," she said.

One unanswered question for the jury so far concerns the boyfriend, Osuagwu. If he orchestrated this extortion plot along with the nurse, as the government alleges, where is he, and why hasn't he been charged, too?

"Beats me," Nwoye's attorney said. "I'm surprised he's not here now, as a defendant."
Prosecutors declined to comment on why Osuagwu has not been charged. Closing arguments in the trial are scheduled for today.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/01/AR2007110102374.html?sub=new
Re: Okonjo-Iweala's Husband Extortion Case: A trial Update
WallaceBobo posted on 11-03-2007, 09:50:37 AM



Reference:Ikemba Iweala in sex extortion mess  / Smoking Gun


A jury convicted a Laurel woman late today of taking part in an extortion scheme against a neurosurgeon with whom she had an affair. Queen Nwoye, 28, was accused of conspiring to extort $180,000 from Ikemba Iweala, a doctor at Providence Hospital. Prosecutors said Nwoye and a partner - who has not been charged in the case - threatened to reveal the affair unless Iweala turned over the money. Iweala, who is married, paid the money but then alerted authorities, prosecutors said.



Jurors deliberated less than two hours before returning their verdict. Nwoye likely faces a prison term of 30 to 37 months under federal sentencing guidelines, prosecutors said. U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle set a Jan. 18 sentencing date.



The 59-year-old Nigerian neurosurgeon at Providence Hospital confessed that he started an affair with Nwoye, a nurse who hailed from his native country.



He told the jury yesterday that his stupidity sullied his and his family's reputation and seriously wounded his marriage.



"Things will never be the same," a frail-looking, gray-bearded Iweala said with a sigh as he testified this week. "I am still married. . . . But I feel very angry at myself. And, I have lost a lot of money."



Iweala hoped to conceal the affair and protect his community standing in the United States and in Nigeria, he acknowledged to prosecutors. Other members of his family, based in the cozy suburb of Potomac and with high profiles in their own fields, had much at stake as well.



His wife, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is a former foreign and finance minister for Nigeria and a veteran employee of the World Bank. She is a Harvard-educated economist and was mentioned as a possible successor to Paul D. Wolfowitz, who resigned as president in June. This month, the new World Bank president, Robert B. Zoellick, made her one of his top deputies.



Uzodinma Iweala, the couple's son, who graduated from St. Albans and Harvard, is the author of the critically acclaimed "Beasts of No Nation," his first novel. The fictionalized story of an African child warrior was released last year.




Nwoye insisted that she, too, was a victim.



Testifying in her own defense, she admitted yesterday that she helped collect the money and helped her boyfriend, Adriane Osuagwu, pretend to be her cousin so he could conceal his identity. But with a sullen face and insistent cries, Nwoye testified that she was powerless to resist the orders of Osuagwu, whom she described as a physically abusive, controlling man and as the scheme's mastermind.



"This is a sad case," Nwoye's attorney, John Iweanoge, told jurors in opening statements earlier in the week. "You're going to hear evidence of adultery, no question. You're going to hear about money going into Ms. Nwoye's accounts."



But, the defense attorney continued, "Ms. Nwoye was a victim too, She made the mistake of her life falling in love in the middle of a divorce with the wrong man."



According to court papers, the story began in early 2002 when Nwoye, then a nurse in training, noticed the doctor's name in a hospital directory. She said she recognized Iweala as a fellow Nigerian and introduced herself. They became friends, and, in September 2002, they became lovers. The sexual relationship ended in August 2003, they both say, but their friendship continued.



Nearly three years later, in February 2006, Iweala testified, he received a surprise call from Nwoye. She told Iweala that he must call her cousin "Ufondu" in Georgia. It was then that "Ufondu," an alias that the nurse's new boyfriend was using, demanded that the doctor pay $20,000 or he would tell Iweala's wife about the affair. Within a week, the man demanded another $20,000, prosecutors said.



On March 10, 2006, Nwoye called Iweala to suggest that they meet because "she said she had not had sex in a while," according to court papers. While the two were having sex in the parking lot in Nwoye's car, someone approached and began taking photographs. That night, "Ufondu" called Iweala again to demand an additional $100,000, the court papers said.



Iweala said the demands by "Ufondu" continued. Authorities say Nwoye picked up some of the checks and cash and deposited the money into her and her boyfriend's bank accounts. "There is a lot I could have done," she told the jury. "I really wanted something to be done, but I couldn't help myself."




Iweala brought the case to the FBI's attention and agreed to help authorities in the prosecution. "He felt compelled to bring the culprits to justice in order to prevent others from falling prey to a similar scheme," said Iweala's attorney, Vincent Cohen.



Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Hart-Edwards told jurors that the case is not about getting the money back. "That's gone," she said.



One unanswered question for the jury so far concerns the boyfriend, Osuagwu. If he orchestrated this extortion plot along with the nurse, as the government alleges, where is he, and why hasn't he been charged, too?



"Beats me," Nwoye's attorney said. "I'm surprised he's not here now, as a defendant."



Prosecutors declined to comment on why Osuagwu has not been charged.



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