Ever wonder who is behind those email messages from Nigerian princes promising millions if you could just send some money to help him release his fortune? Well, meet Michale Neu, allegedly a 67-year-old “Nigerian Prince” from Slidell, Louisiana. Neu was arrested and charged with 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering by the Slidell Police Department’s Financial Crimes Division after a long investigation into an Internet scam.
Neu is accused of being the “middle man” in this scam to bilk people out of thousands of dollars. He was allegedly working with people in Nigeria. It was a stereotypical pitch where he (and his cohorts) would claim to be a Nigerian prince who need to send financial information to release millions in inheritance.
It is always astonishing to find that people fall for the scam, but many of us have long wondered what type of lowlife would make a living with such scams. According to police, Neu is one of those people.
Neu previously worked for a religious organization called the Blessings of the Spirit Ministries, where he was vice president and treasurer. The organization is based in Grand Prairie, Tex., near Dallas, and he says that he had not been associated with them for ten years since moving to Louisiana. That was well before he emerged as a Nigerian prince.