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CASE NAME:United States v. Prosper Emeka Udogwu
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Prosper Emeka Udogwu (AKA Prosper Emeka Udoguw), Ifeoma Ezeonu Udogwu (AKA Fidelia E. Ezeonu, Ifeoma Fidelia Ezeonu)
CITATION:
DOCKET NUMBER:1:99CR00795
SOURCE:Lexis Search, Westlaw
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Denny Chin
YEAR OF ARREST:
YEAR OF VERDICT:2000
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:New York
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Southern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Nigeria
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Domestic Servant
FIRST CHARGE:illegally bringing an alien into the U.S.
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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SECOND CHARGE:harboring an alien
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:1324(a)(1)(A)(iii))
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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THIRD CHARGE:fraudulently possessing, obtaining, and receiving a green card
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. 1546
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FOURTH CHARGE:subjecting another to involuntary servitude
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. 1584
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FIFTH CHARGE:conspiracy to do these above things (first four counts)
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FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:135 months (Prosper), 148 months (Ifeoma)
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:283,693.17 for involuntary servitude, 41,672 for mail fraud
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:17 Fed. Appx. 49
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:In 1987 the defendants (husband and wife) brought a 10-year-old girl from Nigeria to the U.S. by saying that she was the daughter of the wife's brother. This girl was a domestic servant for one year and was never paid. She was subjected to both emotional and physical abuse. She was eventually sent home by the defendants. In 1989, while the wife was in Nigeria, the family of a 13-year-old girl agreed to let the girl go to the U.S. thinking she would be getting an education. This girl worked as a domestic servant and was never paid. This girl also worked at a restaurant, and her all of her pay from this job was taken by the defendants. The defendants were convicted of all eight counts on the indictment. In addition to the five counts listed above, of which both defendants were charged and convicted, the husband was charged with and convicted of making false statements to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (18 U.S.C. 1001) and the wife was charged with and convicted of making false statements at her naturalization interview (18 U.S.C. 1015(a)) and mail fraud in an effort to obtain social security benefits fraudulently (18 U.S.C. 1341).
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