Court sentences internet fraudster to 12 months in jail for fraud

Court sentences internet fraudster to 12 months in jail for fraud

The Federal High Court, Ibadan, on Friday sentenced an Ibadan-based Internet fraudster, Ibrahim Tunde-Akinsola, to 12 months in prison over a 1,750-U.S.-dollar fraud.


In her judgment, Justice Patricia Ajoku said that Tunde-Akinsola was convicted and sentenced, based on the evidence before the court and the plea bargain agreement he entered into with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).


“This judgment is in line with the provisions of Section 270 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 that provides for a reduced sentence for anyone who enters a plea bargain agreement.


“Consequently, Tunde-Akinsola is sentenced to 12 months in prison for the crime.


“The sentence starts from the date he was first arrested and all the exhibits found in the possession of the convict are, hereby, forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” she said.


Earlier, the EFCC counsel, Mr Mabas Maburb, said that Tunde-Akinsola was arraigned on a one-count amended charge bordering on impersonation.


He added that Tunde-Akinsola committed the crime sometime in January in Ibadan, Oyo State.


Besides, Maburb said that EFCC’s operatives apprehended Tunde-Akinsola after receiving credible intelligence from concerned members of the community that he was operating with a “deceptive” e-mail address to take undue advantage of unsuspecting foreigners.


He said that many dubious documents revealing how the convict had defrauded foreigners were printed out from his e-mail address.


Besides, Maburb said that one I Phone 7 and 1,750 dollars, which formed proceeds of the crime were recovered from Tunde-Akinsola.


The EFCC counsel said that Tunde-Akinsola’s offence contravened the provisions of Section 22A of the Cyber Crime Prohibition and Prevention Act 2015.

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