BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 25-year-old Baton Rouge man admits he used the Internet, an imaginary company and nonexistent supplies of frozen chicken feet to swindle a combined total of $166,000 from 13 wholesalers.
Chicken feet sometimes are processed into animal feed in this country, but people in China and other Asian countries consider the crunchy items a dining delicacy.
Terence Ndangoh was indicted by a federal grand jury in May on seven counts of wire fraud. The Cameroon national signed a plea agreement in August.
In return for Ndangoh's guilty plea, Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Lane Ewing Jr. dropped the other six counts of wire fraud from the indictment.
That indictment said Ndangoh sold chicken feet over the Internet under the name of Frozen Foods LLC, which was not licensed or registered in Louisiana.
He pleaded guilty to a charge that said he defrauded a buyer in July 2011 by having that buyer wire $15,066 from a California bank to a Baton Rouge account.
The scheme was probed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations along with the LSU Police, said Raymond R. Parmer Jr., special agent in charge of HSI's New Orleans office, in a written statement.
The Advocate report (http://bit.ly/XXJMDv ) Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson sentenced Ndangoh Wednesday to 21 months in federal prison and ordered him to pay restitution of $138,000 that has not yet been recovered for his bilked buyers.
On Wednesday, Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson sentenced Ndangoh to 21 months in federal prison and ordered him to pay restitution of $138,239 that has not yet been recovered for his bilked buyers.
Ndangoh is to receive credit for the seven months he has been in custody.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com