- Chukwudi Ugwueke (also known as James Scott) and Sophia Ugwueke pleaded not guilty when they were first arraigned in court
- The two were later convicted of the alleged crime when they later pleaded guilty to an amended charge before the court
A Nigerian man and his sister are to spend the next two years in prison after they were found guilty by a Federal High Court.
Justice EA Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Warri, Delta state convicted and sentenced the two siblings, Chukwudi Ugwueke (also known as James Scott) and Sophia Ugwueke to two years imprisonment each.
Each of them however has an option of N400,000.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which broke the information, added that the duo was charged on one count bordering on possession of fraudulent documents with intent to defraud one Lisa Marie Nors, an American citizen.
Justice Obile, after going through the evidences tendered by the prosecution counsel, MT Iko, found the duo guilty and accordingly convicted them.
The convicts were first arraigned on February 1, 2017 but pleaded not guilty to a 13-count charge.
However, when the matter came up for hearing later, the accused persons pleaded guilty to an amended one count charge and were accordingly convicted and sentenced.
NAIJ.com learnt that they were arrested at their residence in Sapele, Delta state based on intelligence on their illegal activities that bordered on defrauding foreigners through internet scams.
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