14 fraudsters get justice in Enugu court

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says its Enugu Zonal Command has secured the conviction of 14 internet fraudsters before Justice I.M Buba of the Federal High Court, Enugu.

It added that the convicts were brought to the court on charges bordering on obtaining by false pretences and cybercrime.

The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement said, “While Nwaeze Obinna Bright and James Amazor were convicted on Wednesday May 25, 2022, the others: Adams Nengi, Nwonye Chukwura Andrew, Esievoadje Isaac, Ogboru Celdric Mundiaga, Madukwu Chidiebere, Diyoke Solomon, John Odedekuma, Abu Taiwo, Nwafor Benjamin, John Kayode, Nwafor Clinton Chetachi, Ezeani Chibueze Paul and Olisaemeka Udochukwu were convicted on Tuesday May 24,2022.

“The charge against Olisaemeka Goodsuccess Udochukwu reads, “That you , Olisaemeka Udochukwu, sometime in 2022 in Enugu within the jurisdiction of the honourable court fraudulently impersonated different identities like Charles Edward Bruceson, Layah Heilperm, Greg Foss, Dylan Leclair, Benjamin Cowen, Spencer Will and Altoini Sherpa from United States of America, through your fake Hangout ,WhatsApp, Messenger and Facebook accounts via your iPhone 7 with intent to defraud unsuspecting foreign nationals, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(i) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc)Act,2015 and punishable under Section 22(2)(b) of the same Act.”

The statement added that all the 14 pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against them

“Justice Buba consequently sentenced them to one year imprisonment with an option of N1m fine each. The court further ordered that their devices be forfeited to the Federal Government who shall through the EFCC auction them and remit the proceeds to the Treasury Single Account of the Federal Government,” Uwujaren said.

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