NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Georgia man has been sentenced to 6¼ years in federal prison for taking part in a fraud ring that tricked people into giving personal information, then used those details to steal $1.3 million.
Thirty-two-year-old Waya Nwaki, of Atlanta, had previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.
He was sentenced Tuesday in federal court Newark. He was also ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution.
Authorities say he was involved in setting up fake web pages designed to look like those of banks and payroll processors in an effort to get people to enter information such as dates of birth, Social Security numbers, account names and passwords.
The practice is known as "phishing."