Two Kenyan nationals are headed to federal prison and another faces deportation for aiding a multistate, multi-million dollar fraud scheme.
A U.S. District Court judge in Charleston sentenced Robert Otiso Thursday to a six-year term for acting as lieutenant in the Keyna-based scheme. The scam duped government agencies in West Virginia and other states out of money owed legitimate vendors.
Co-defendant Paramena Shikanda received a nearly four-year term for conspiring to launder the scheme's proceeds. A third Kenyan, Collins Masese, also pleaded guilty to that crime. He was sentenced to the nine months he's already spent in jail, a term that allows immigration proceedings to continue against Masese.
Sentencing for Kenyan national also considered a lieutenant in the scheme was postponed until August 31.
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