5th April, 2011
A Nigerian and one South Florida man have been sentenced in a federal court in Miami, Florida, United States for aiding and abetting an attempted smuggling of stolen motor vehicles from Jacksonville to Nigeria.
U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard sentenced Osarobo George Omorose, 43, of Miami-Dade County to 18 months in prison, while 50-year-old Dennis Edward Joseph of Miami was sentenced to 180 days of house arrest and three years of probation, according to the U.S. Attorneyâ€™s Office.
The online news portal, Jacksonville.com reported today that Omorose was also ordered to pay $75,548 in damages to 14 victims. The pair pleaded guilty last October.
Beginning in early 2007, Omorose began receiving stolen vehicles. He hid their origins by removing the vehicle identification numbers and attaching new ones from totaled or destroyed cars of the same make, model and approximate year.
Omorose worked with Joseph to export the vehicles from Jacksonville to Nigeria via the latterâ€™s company, Cargo Maritime Services.
Ten stolen vehicles were to come to the JaxPort Blount Island Terminal with fake documents including bills of sale.
But authorities intercepted all 10 after a joint investigation by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement.