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Nigerian Sentenced to Prison for Money Laundering

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.02.10.

The Budapest Court of Appeal has sentenced a Nigerian national to three years in prison and three years’ expulsion from Hungary for money laundering, the prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday.

The court also ordered the seizure of 1,000 euros from the primary defendant, the prosecutor’s office said.

The Nigerian national and his accomplices were charged in 2018 with operating the Budapest branch of an international fraud and money laundering ring.

Starting in 2016, they paid Hungarian and Slovak citizens relatively small fees to open bank accounts and withdraw the monies transferred there. The payments came from an international fraud scheme which tricked market players into making payments to those accounts by pretending they belonged to their business partners, the prosecution said.

The organisation defrauded Romanian, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Indonesian, Chinese and US companies, as well as a well-known French football team.

Two Men Charged in Largest Drug Smuggling Case yet in Hungary
Two Men Charged in Largest Drug Smuggling Case yet in Hungary

A Turkish-Hungarian and a Hungarian national have been charged with attempting the largest-ever drug smuggling operation uncovered in Hungary, the Budapest public prosecutor said on Thursday. The two men conspired to smuggle 730 kilograms of heroin into the country from Turkey in September 2019, Tibor Ibolya said. According to the charges, the 57-year-old Turkish-Hungarian national, […]Continue reading

A Budapest court handed a sentence to the primary defendant in February 2020. The ruling became binding with the decision of the Appeals Court on February 2.