By Michelle Guffey
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON A Bell County grand jury Wednesday indicted a 48-year-old Georgia man accused of being involved in an international e-mail lottery scam.
Michael Nnamdi Nweke, aka John King, was indicted on a June 19 charge of attempted theft over $20,000.
The incident stems from an ongoing investigation commonly referred to as the Nigerian Money Correspon-Gadence Scam, a Killeen Police Department news release stated in June after Nwekes arrest.
According to the arrest affidavit, the victim received official looking-letters from European banks and the Interior Ministry of Spain stating that he had won a substantial amount of money in a lottery in Spain.
The victim was informed that in order to receive the money he must first pay fees that are associated with the prize, such as governmental fees, security fees and administrative fees.
Despite never having entered a lottery or any other contest, the victim wired over $20,000 in several small wire transfers to an organization and individual in Madrid, Spain.
The victim started getting phone calls from someone saying he would meet with a John King to arrange final payment, First Assistant District Attorney Murff Bledsoe said.
The final payment would be $56,534. The victim was told that after he paid the final amount he would finally receive his prize.
It was at this point that the victim became suspicious and contacted the police.
Nweke made arrangements to come to Killeen to meet with the victim and collect the final payment before the winnings could be disbursed. The Killeen Police Depart-ment detectives were made aware of the meeting and Nweke was arrested.
Nweke denied any knowledge of the scam and told detectives he was acting as an agent for his cousin in Madrid. The defendant offered to help authorities track down any European agents involved in the operation.
Nweke claimed to be an American, but his accent made police question his nationality despite carrying a Georgia drivers license.
Its questionable as to whether that is his Georgia drivers license, Bledsoe said.
The grand jury also indicted:
n Richard Lee Turnpaugh III, 25, of Belton on a March 12 charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle.
n Shawnrey Jimenez, 18, of Belton on an April 30 charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle.
n Teresa Gail Hosch, 48, of Killeen on a June 19 charge of theft (enhanced).
n Felix Crespo, 26, of Killeen on a May 25 charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
n Joe San Miguel Jr., 19, of Harker Heights on a June 13 charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
n Lillian Johnson, 47, of Killeen on a July 9 charge of credit card abuse.
n Andrea Rochelle Ingrassia, 27, of Belton on a March 29 charge of possession of methamphetamine more than 4 grams with intent to deliver.
n Pedro Garcia Benavides IV, 18, of Belton on a June 26 charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
n Ryann Sellers, 26, of Belton on a July 5 charge of theft over $1,500.
n Eduardo Olivares, 20, of Belton on a July 10 charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
n Adam Rene Sanchez, 23, of Killeen on an Oct. 27, 2004, charge of possession of methamphetamine more than 4 grams.
n Christopher Francisco Ruiz, 26, of San Antonio on a May 7 charge of possession of heroin less than 1 gram.
n Khushye Ashalike Phil-lips, 21, of Temple on a July 7 charge of possession of marijuana more than 1 gram.
n Branden Devane Mayse, 19, of Temple on a July 9 charge of possession of cocaine more than 4 grams.
n Natasha Wynette Wil-liams, 34, of Temple on a Sept. 10, 2004, charge of fraudulent use of identifying information (repeat offender).
n Eloy Rodriguez, 22, of Temple on a June 9 charge of burglary of a habitation.
n Cordell Maurice Robin-son, 29, of Killeen on an Oct. 9, 2003, charge of possession of cocaine less than 1 gram (repeat offender).
n Krystal Anne Chisolm, 18, of Killeen on a June 24 charge of possession of cocaine less than 1 gram.
n Elizabeth Helen Mea-dows, 21, of Killeen on an April 26 charge of theft over $1,500.
n Kalena Latoya Winston, 29, of Killeen on a June 3 charge of forgery by passing (repeat offender).
n Dante Gregory Battle, 21, of Killeen on a June 14 charge of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
n Efrain Cortes, 28, of Killeen on a Dec. 17, 2004, charge of theft over $1,500 (count I) and theft-enhanced (count II).
n Jonas Wilson Jr., 23, of Killeen on a May 28 charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and intoxication assault with a deadly weapon.
n Clayton Zane Ingram, 24, of Gatesville on a June 2 charge of criminal non-support.
n Joshua Jonathan Rea-gan, 20, of Temple on a June 25 charge of credit card abuse.
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