Email Scam May Be Behind Murders at NFL Player's House

Vilma not suspected in deaths at NY condo
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 31, 2009 1:13 PM CDT
New Orleans Saints players Jonathan Vilma, right, and Jeremy Shockey share a laugh during training camp last July.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Investigators suspect two African immigrants slain at a Long Island condo owned by an NFL player may have been killed as revenge for an Internet scam, police said today. Sekou Sakor and Ansu Keita were each shot in the head sometime Thursday night at a condominium in Woodbury, NY, owned by New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma. There have been no arrests.

Vilma, 26, was not there at the time and not believed to be involved, police said. Various members of Vilma's family had access to the condominium, located in a gated development. Investigators believe the victims may have been mixed up in a so-called "black money" scheme. Victims are sent emails saying that cash smuggled from overseas—stained black to avoid detection—can be purchased at a discount; what they receive is a trunk full of worthless paper.