The Abuja Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Thursday, arraigned and secured the conviction of 10 internet fraudsters.
The convicts: Ulukpo Obokparo; Osondu Stanley; Habib Iko-Ojo; Precious Ani; Emmanuel Ikpan; Umar Mohammed; Israel Kue; Kingsley Mathew; Ibrahim Oyolade and Taiwo Samuel, were prosecuted before Justice Hamza Mu’azu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, for cheating, misrepresentation, romance scam, obtaining by false pretense and defrauding foreigners via the Internet.
They pleaded guilty to their respective charges and were sentenced to various prison terms, ranging from three to six months, with an option of fine of N20, 000 to N100,000.
This was contained in a statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, titled, ‘Court jails 10 Internet fraudsters in Abuja.’
One of the charges read, “That you Ulukpo Victor Obokparo on or about the 25th day of June 2021 within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja while representing yourself as one Williams Brandon, an Engineer from New Jersey, USA through the means of an email address [email protected] carried out an illegal act to wit: inducing the duo of Helen Isean and Ida Connor of USA to deliver to you the sum of $5000 and you thereby committed the offence of cheating contrary to the provisions of section 320 (b) of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja), 1990 and punishable under section 322 of the same Act.”
The statement said, “Following their guilty pleas, Justice Mu’azu sentenced them to prison terms, ranging between three to six months, with option of fine of N20, 000 to N100,000.
“In addition, the court ordered the forfeiture of proceeds and instrumentalities used in committing the crimes to the Federal Government.”