World Igbo Congress, Chairman, Joseph Eto Arrested and Charged for Fraud in the USA

Joseph Eto

Joseph Eto

Information available to 247ureports.com indicates that the upcoming election for the Chairmanship position at the World Igbo Congress [WIC] may unsettle the foundations of the Union in a manner that has not been witnessed by body. As gathered, the of WIC, Mr. Joseph Nzenwa Eto was arrested and charged for fraud by a Grand Jury in Marietta County, State of Georgia, United States of America. He is facing a two count charge of Racketeering.

According to the Marietta Daily Journal, MDJ, Mr. Eto, a Nigerian naturalized USA citizen was recently charged along four others for stealing about $686,000 from the Kennesaw State University, Georgia, USA.

The World Igbo Congress Chairman, according to the charges, accepted more than $200,000 in kick-backs through inflated costs or services never rendered.

Mr. Eto   used Soil and Environmental Testing Service (SETS), a business he owned and operated to bill KSU unreasonable fees for work done by SETS, according to investigators.  The investigators added that more than $61,000 of the money KSU paid to SETS was later transmitted illegally to another company, Shane Environmental.

The WIC Chairman’s Bond for Bail was set at $100,000. He was ordered to surrender his International Passport as a condition of the Bail.

If convicted, the embattled WIC Chairman will be facing 5 to 20 years in a United States prison.

Last year a member of the Executive of the World Igbo Congress Executive, Mr. Emmanuel Mekowulu, was sentenced to ten years in jail for fraud.

Mr. Eto is expected to contest for re-election.

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  1. J. C. Irozuru August 21, 2014 at 1:23 am -

    Uzoma, Oh Really! Here comes Google!!!:

    Marietta Municipal Court Judge
    http://www.mariettaga.gov
    Google+ page
    240 Lemon St NE , Marietta, GA 30060
    (770) 794-5400

  2. J. C. Irozuru August 21, 2014 at 1:20 am -

    Uzoma, Oh really! Wonders says Google:

    Marietta Municipal Court
    http://www.mariettaga.gov
    Google+ page
    240 Lemon St NE , Marietta, GA 30060
    (770) 794-5400

  3. Uzoma Okorie August 20, 2014 at 7:23 am -

    This is the first time I am hearing of this. Thank you 247 Reporters for this reporting this news. I am disappointed that one Emeka Ukachukwu instead of refuting the facts as reported was casting aspersions on the person of Ikenna. His was the worst defense of the WIC. With this news, I am thinking twice of my support for the WIC. This is not the first time I am hearing negative reports about Joseph Eto. I was able to verify the report through my search on Google. It is so true. Unbelievable!
    Sincerely, this is very troubling to me

  4. chima August 18, 2014 at 1:44 pm -

    igbo enwe eze,IF IT IS NOT FOR 419 SCAM IT IS DRUGS MAD PEOPLE SEARCHING FOR A WAY TO CLEANSE THEIR EVIL MONEY.THOUGH HE IS STILL INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. KA CHINEKE MEZIE OKWU.

  5. Igirigi dagburuenyi August 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm -

    I can boldly tell us that the arrest and conviction of the past and present leaders are political, simply for the post of chirmanship. brother kicking brother from behind to pave way for the other to occupy the position. ndigbo unu bu aru.

  6. Chris Ukachukwu August 18, 2014 at 12:14 am -

    Based on this jaundiced write-up, anyone who doesn’t know better would think that World Igbo Congress is crawling with criminals and scofflaws. They would find it easy to believe that to hold an executive office of World Igbo Congress, one must have criminal tendencies. But commonsense negates this and exposes Ikenna Ezenekwe as a nuisance and mischief-maker.

    Ezenekwe is a hatchet man for people in the grips of election fever and far be it from me to prevent people from swimming in whatever pond floats their boats but to glibly malign the image of WIC is patently unfair.

    Ikenna Ezenekwe’s only exposure to WIC is on occasions when he used the WIC convention as his rendezvous with people who could get him closer to Nigerian politicians from whom he was hoping to extract money under whatever pretext he thought was a profitable scheme.

    When are we going to overgrow this level of pettiness? This question is for Ezenekwe to whom conscience is just another word.

  7. Prof. Francis Osita Onukwuli August 17, 2014 at 9:12 pm -

    WIC and every other Igbo Diaspora Organizations must ensure that they select leaders with impeccable character, outstanding wisdom and leadership skills, integrity and dedication to Igbo welfare and development, and most importantly, be crime free. This is the first time of reading the above news which may or may not be factual. I hope that this information is not true because if it is, it will be a fatal blow to the image and integrity of WIC.

    Prof. Francis Osita Onukwuli

    • Obinna August 19, 2014 at 12:22 am -

      Facts:

      PRESS ADVISORY

      Former Kennesaw Statement Department Head and Associates Charged with Kickback Scheme

      July 17, 2014

      Last week, a Cobb County Grand Jury charged former Kennesaw State University (KSU) employee Gerald Donaldson and his associates Joseph Eto, Ramon Morgan, Don Thomas and Lionel Elder with one count of Racketeering (O.C.G.A. § 16-14-4(a)). Donaldson was charged with one additional count of Racketeering. Donaldson, Elder, Eto, Morgan, and Thomas obtained over $686,000 through the fraudulent billing of KSU.

      Between August 2002 and October 2012, Gerald Donaldson was employed as the Director of the Environmental Health and Safety department at KSU. In this capacity, he had the authority to pay vendors without a bidding process and without additional KSU approval for amounts less than $5000.

      Through his position at KSU, Donaldson funneled money to himself and others by directing KSU to pay vendors at an extreme mark-up or for work that was never done by the vendor. The vendor would then kickback payments to Donaldson through his company Shane Environmental (Shane). KSU paid Shane more than $354,000 for work purportedly done at KSU over the ten year period.

      Joseph Eto owned and operated Soil and Environmental Testing Service (SETS), a legitimate business and vendor to KSU. Eto billed KSU unreasonable fees for work done by SETS. More than $61,000 of the money paid to SETS by KSU was later transmitted back to Shane Environmental. Mr. Eto and Mr. Donaldson also forged four re-inspection forms by listing the name and accreditation number for an accredited inspector who had not actually done the inspection in question.

      Ramon Morgan, a childhood friend of Donaldson, owned Jay Mills, a Detroit-based company that had never done work for KSU. Donaldson directed KSU to pay Jay Mills more than $221,000 for alleged contract work. More than $198,000 of that money was funneled back to Shane Environmental.

      Donaldson hired his neighbor, Don Thomas, to do odd jobs at KSU in exchange for Thomas opening businesses called Orion Consulting and Holbridge Environmental Services. Donaldson then created invoices with greatly inflated amounts due to Orion and Holbridge. Donaldson directed KSU to pay these companies $56,709, of which $49,546.50 was paid back to Shane.

      Racketeering carries a penalty of five to 20 years in prison, a fine, or both.

      Assistant Attorney General Laura D. Pfister is prosecuting the case on behalf of the State of Georgia. The case was investigated by Sergeant Mike Centola of the KSU Police Department, as well as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The indictment was returned on July 10, 2014.

      Source: Copy below and paste on your browser:

      http://law.ga.gov/press-releases/2014-07-17/former-kennesaw-statement-department-head-and-associates-charged-kickback

  8. Chioma Okoro August 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm -

    Point of correction: There is absolutely no “MARIETTA COUNTY” IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA, USA. I live in Georgia and practice in Georgia.

    In a stupendous rush to tarnish the image of Joe Eto, the writer may have over-zealously created additional if not phantom county in Georgia State.

    In United States, to indict someone is not the same is to convict the person. As a Lawyer, this man is still presumed INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COMPETENT COURT OF LAW”.

    Rush to judgement is immoral, ignorant and indeed stupid. In USA its often say that Grand Jury can indict a ham-sandwich any day without care. Not all that are indicted are found guilty of any offense against them.

    I do not know Joe Eto, never met him but it will be smart and fair to hold our judgement till the case is heard in open court, defender gets his day in court and the accuser’s evidence withstands the scrutiny of the law. That is not ever the end of the case either, after all that, there will be judgement and appeal(s).

    For all those digging the grave of Joe Eto, dancing on his empty grave, its indeed premature and uncalled for. No smart person should rejoice when an enemy stumbles let alone a brother….that is not even convicted yet.

    Let’s find the good among ourselves and not tear our brother down for political gains. The fat lady is yet to sing. So let’s hold our breath and pray for him.

    Thank you
    Chioma Okoro Esq

    • Obinna August 19, 2014 at 12:24 am -

      Facts:

      PRESS ADVISORY

      Former Kennesaw Statement Department Head and Associates Charged with Kickback Scheme

      July 17, 2014

      Last week, a Cobb County Grand Jury charged former Kennesaw State University (KSU) employee Gerald Donaldson and his associates Joseph Eto, Ramon Morgan, Don Thomas and Lionel Elder with one count of Racketeering (O.C.G.A. § 16-14-4(a)). Donaldson was charged with one additional count of Racketeering. Donaldson, Elder, Eto, Morgan, and Thomas obtained over $686,000 through the fraudulent billing of KSU.

      Between August 2002 and October 2012, Gerald Donaldson was employed as the Director of the Environmental Health and Safety department at KSU. In this capacity, he had the authority to pay vendors without a bidding process and without additional KSU approval for amounts less than $5000.

      Through his position at KSU, Donaldson funneled money to himself and others by directing KSU to pay vendors at an extreme mark-up or for work that was never done by the vendor. The vendor would then kickback payments to Donaldson through his company Shane Environmental (Shane). KSU paid Shane more than $354,000 for work purportedly done at KSU over the ten year period.

      Joseph Eto owned and operated Soil and Environmental Testing Service (SETS), a legitimate business and vendor to KSU. Eto billed KSU unreasonable fees for work done by SETS. More than $61,000 of the money paid to SETS by KSU was later transmitted back to Shane Environmental. Mr. Eto and Mr. Donaldson also forged four re-inspection forms by listing the name and accreditation number for an accredited inspector who had not actually done the inspection in question.

      Ramon Morgan, a childhood friend of Donaldson, owned Jay Mills, a Detroit-based company that had never done work for KSU. Donaldson directed KSU to pay Jay Mills more than $221,000 for alleged contract work. More than $198,000 of that money was funneled back to Shane Environmental.

      Donaldson hired his neighbor, Don Thomas, to do odd jobs at KSU in exchange for Thomas opening businesses called Orion Consulting and Holbridge Environmental Services. Donaldson then created invoices with greatly inflated amounts due to Orion and Holbridge. Donaldson directed KSU to pay these companies $56,709, of which $49,546.50 was paid back to Shane.

      Racketeering carries a penalty of five to 20 years in prison, a fine, or both.

      Assistant Attorney General Laura D. Pfister is prosecuting the case on behalf of the State of Georgia. The case was investigated by Sergeant Mike Centola of the KSU Police Department, as well as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The indictment was returned on July 10, 2014.

      Source: Click or Copy below and paste on your browser:

      http://law.ga.gov/press-releases/2014-07-17/former-kennesaw-statement-department-head-and-associates-charged-kickback

    • Uzoma August 20, 2014 at 7:25 am -

      This Chioma sounds like she has a personal interest in Joseph Eto. If she is a Lawyer for real, I will be the last to hire her. Such an uncoordinated argument. Overzealous.

  9. Ezeana August 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm -

    Mr. Eto may have a formidable defense against the charges if he takes the time to prepare for the case. Even though he owned the company, was he responsible for all aspects of the operations? WIC should not be his primary concern right now. His family and this case deserve his undivided attention.

  10. Felix August 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm -

    No biggie, he can go and join PDP afterwards.