Louisiana man admits to Internet chicken feet scam
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 25-year-old Baton Rouge man admits he used the Internet, an imaginary company and nonexistent supplies of frozen chicken feet to swindle a combined total of $166,000 from 13 wholesalers.
Chicken feet sometimes are processed into animal feed in this country, but people in China and other Asian countries consider the crunchy items a dining delicacy.
Terence Ndangoh was indicted by a federal grand jury in May on seven counts of wire fraud. The Cameroon national signed a plea agreement in August.
Investigators said a man who said he had cold feet landed in the proverbial hot water in Baton Rouge.
Terence Ndangoh, 25, is in federal custody on wire fraud charges after an investigation revealed he was involved in a scheme selling frozen chicken feet.
The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Louisiana State University Police Department.
Ndangoh, a Cameroon citizen, is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors said Ndangoh set up a false company to accept commercial-quantity orders of frozen chicken feet from 13 customers.
Raymond R. Parmer Jr., special agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations New Orleans, said that Ndangoh collected more than $160,000 from the customers with no intention of filling the orders.