DA Vance: West African Royal, Associate Plead Guilty to Stealing From 250 Victims in Employment Fraud Schemes


December 13, 2018

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the guilty plea of OSMOND EWEKA, 31, a member of the Royal Family of the Great Benin Kingdom, and KAMEL MCKAY, 27, for stealing more than $54,000 from at least 250 victims in three employment fraud schemes. EWEKA pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to two counts of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree and is expected to be sentenced on February 21, 2019. MCKAY pleaded guilty to two counts of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree and was sentenced to one year in jail.

“These defendants created a royal headache for hundreds of applicants and job seekers,” said District Attorney Vance. “Over several months, they nickel-and-dimed victims out of thousands of dollars, charging them for uniforms, training, licensing, and background checks that they ultimately never provided. I would like to thank my office’s Financial Frauds Bureau for holding them accountable for their devious conduct and for delivering justice to the many victims in this case.”

The press release from EWEKA and MCKAY’s indictment is available here.

Assistant D.A. Catherine McCaw handled the prosecution of the cases under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Gloria Garcia, Deputy Chief of the Financial Frauds Bureau, and Archana Rao, Chief of the Financial Frauds Bureau, as well as Executive Assistant D.A. Michael Sachs, Chief of the Investigation Division. Investigative Analyst Michelle Lepkofker and Rackets Investigators Maria Coyt-Freda and Thomas Piazza also provided assistance with the investigations.

District Attorney Vance thanked the following members of the NYPD for their assistance on the cases: Detective Thomas Lazarus of the NYPD’s 1st Precinct Detective Squad; Detectives Adrian Calemmo, Matthew Forger, and Brian Pettit of the Manhattan South Detective Squad; and Detectives Andrew Smith and Matthew Hauswirth of the Warrants Squad.

 

Defendant Information:

OSMOND EWEKA, a/k/a “Sean Jackson,” a/k/a “Mike,” D.O.B. 2/10/1987

Montclair, NJ

Convicted:

  • Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, two counts

 

KAMEL MCKAY, a/k/a “Tyrone Hayes,” a/k/a “Maurice,” D.O.B. 4/15/1991

Bronx, NY

Convicted:

  • Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, two counts

Sentenced:

  • One year in jail