The Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday May 12, 2022 secured the conviction of five internet fraudsters before Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court, Benin City.
They are was Amogie Julius, Omogbon Friday Harry, Osaze Okoro, Lucky Tegiri and Omokhua Destiny.
They were arraigned on one count charge each for fraudulent impersonation and obtaining by false pretence. They had sometimes between 2020 to 2022, impersonated foreign nationals with intent to defraud unsuspecting members of the public of their hard earned money.
The charge against Amiogie Julius reads: “that you, Amoigie Julius between 2020 to 2022 at Wisdom Street , off Egba Road , Benin City ,Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did fraudulently personate the identity of Gloria Hernandez Ortiz, with intent to obtain money from her and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 484 of the criminal Code Law Cap 48 Laws of Bendel State of Nigeria ( as applicable in Edo state ) 1976”.
All the defendants pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against them prompting the prosecution counsel, A.A. Ozigbu and KY Bello, to prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly. However, counsel to the defendants prayed the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendants have become remorseful for their actions.
Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced Destiny to three years imprisonment with an option of Three Hundred Thousand Naira as fine while Okoro bagged two years imprisonment or a fine of Three Hundred Thousand Naira.
The duo of Julius and Friday were sentenced to two years imprisonment with an option of Two Hundred Thousand Naira and One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira fine respectively. Tegiri bagged one year imprisonment or an option of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira fine.
Justice Ikponmwonba also ordered that a landed property measuring 100 feet by 100 feet situated at Evboneka in Ovie North East L.G.A recovered from Julius and phones of all the defendants which are proceeds of crime be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Media & Publicity
13 May, 2022