MBGN Ex-Queen Sandra Petgrave And Husband Jailed For Fraud In The US

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Sandra Petgrave won the coveted Most Beautiful Girl In Nigeria (MBGN) beauty pageant in 1992, and after her reign, sank into obscurity and quietly relocated to to the United States in the mid 90s.

She then married Chiedu George Chukwuka and they have six children between them, the last being 9 year old twin boys.

Sandra spent two days in jail in 2009 after her husband reported her to the Police for battery. George sued for divorce but calm was restored back to their home.

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Sandra and her husband, George Chukwuka, have now been sentenced to prison in the US for fraudulent mortgage practices for their roles in a $5.8 million mortgage fraud that spanned five years.

A United States Department of Justice report says, Chiedu Chukwuka was the leader of a mortgage fraud ring that operated for five years from 2006 to 2011 and caused millions of dollars in losses to banks.

George has been sentenced to nine years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and has been ordered to pay $5.8Million in restitution.

His wife, Sandra, who was also part of the mortgage fraud ring has also been sentenced to one and a half years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release and has also been ordered to pay $1Million in restitution.

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An FBI investigative report on the couple states in part;



Chukwuka, along with his co-defendants and other co-conspirators, engaged in a massive property-flipping scheme resulting in over $5.8 million in actual losses to financial institutions between 2006 and 2011.

Said U.S. Attorney John Horn.

At the height of the recent mortgage-fraud crisis, this property-flipping scheme caused scores of homes to fall into foreclosure, costing financial institutions millions of dollars in losses.

Many communities in our district have been decimated by mortgage fraud during the last 15 years and even now struggle to recover from the effects of these schemes.

The sentencing of Mr. Chukwuka brings to a close a lengthy investigation and prosecution of a criminal enterprise that targeted the banking industry through their prolific mortgage fraud schemes.

Mr. Chukwuka, considered by law enforcement and prosecution to be head of this enterprise, caused extensive damage with high loss amounts to those victim banks involved.

J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, said,

The FBI is pleased with the role it played in bringing about this sentencing of Mr. Chukwuka to federal prison, as well as the previous sentencing of his co-defendants in this matter.

The other co-conspirators found guilty and also convicted are;

  • Shelly Gee, a.k.a Shelly Baker, 48, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced on November 10, 2015, to one year, six months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,243,909.99
  • Kennedy Simmonds, 54, of Snellville, Georgia, was sentenced on December 17, 2015, to three years, ten months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,868,243.80.
  • Marcelle Welch, 37, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was sentenced on December 17, 2015, to two years, three months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,554,189.25.
  • Leah Freeman, 43, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced on December 17, 2015, to two years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,828.532.94.
  • And of course George’s Wife, Sandra Petgrave, 43, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was sentenced on December 4, 2015, to one year, six months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,051,970.77

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