Nigeria: court sentences 2 internet fraudsters

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Court Convicts 4 for Illegally Operating on Nigerian Waters as 2 Internet Fraudsters Bag Jail Terms - The Street Journal

Court Convicts 4 for Illegally Operating on Nigerian Waters as 2 Internet Fraudsters Bag Jail Terms

Oct. 13, 2019

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin Zonal Office on Friday Octorber 11, 2019 secured six convictions before Justice E. Nwite of the Federal High Court Warri, Delta State.

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The Commission also secured the convictions of Amadin Collins and Ebhohimen Thaddeus, for internet fraud before Justice Nwite.

Collins was convicted on one count charge of impersonating David G, an American national and using the fake identity to defraud unsuspecting victims.

The charge against Collins read: “That you Amadin Collins (alias David Gomes) and Benjamin Amadin ( now at large ) sometimes between 2018 and June 2019 in Ugbor area of Benin City within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did fraudulently impersonate the identity of one David Gomes, an American in your yahoo account where you sent love scam mails and other fraudulent documents to unsuspecting ladies through the internet which documents you claim emanated from the said David Gomes with the intent to obtain money from the ladies and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 22(2)(b)(ii)of the Cybercrime Prohibition and Prevention etc Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22(2)(b) (iv) of same Act”.

Justice Nwite convicted and sentenced Amadin Collins to six months imprisonment with an option of N2 million fine while Thaddeus was sentenced to two months imprisonment with an option of N200,000 fine

The judge also ruled that the sentence does not restrain the EFCC from seizing any item further traced to the defendant if it is discovered to be proceed of crime. All items recovered from the convicts are to be forfeited to the Federal Government and the convicts are to undertake in writing to be of good behaviour henceforth.
 
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