- A Federal High Court in Edo sentenced three fraudsters to jail
- Two of them were posing as American actors to their victims
- The court ruled that the proceeds of the crime be forfeited to the federal government
Three internet fraudsters have been sentenced to jail by a Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo state after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) secured their conviction.
According to the EFCC, the convicts, Prince Henry Ofeyi, Afatakpa David and David Abumhere were sentenced by Justice P. I. Ajoku.
David was reportedly posing as Vin Diesel to defraud his victims while Abumhenre posed as Tom Hanks.
Read the statement by the EFCC below
The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction of three fraudsters at the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State.
Two of the convicts, Prince Henry Ofeyi and Afatakpa David were convicted and sentenced by Justice P. I. Ajoku on Wednesday May 2 while the third convict, David Abumhere was convicted and sentenced on Thursday May 3, by the same judge.
Henry Ofeyi and David Afatakpa were arraigned by the EFCC on a one count charge each bordering on intent to defraud.
Prince Henry Ofeyi was said to have on or about the 5th of October, 2017 falsely represented himself to be one Dexter Smith, a false identity he used in defrauding his victims.
For Afatakpa David, he was alleged to have represented himself as Vin Diesel, an American Movie Star on social media platforms, an identity he used to defraud his victims.
Upon arraignment, the duo pleaded guilty to charge prompting the prosecution counsel, Aso Larry Peter to ask the court to convict the accused persons accordingly. He also told the court that the EFCC recovered from Prince Henry Ofeyi the sum of N400,590.00 (Four Hundred Thousand, Five Hundred and Ninety Naira) only and a Toyota Corolla Saloon car while the sum of N200,342.99 (Two Hundred Thousand, Three Hundred and Fourth Two Naira Ninety Nine Kobo) only was recovered from Akatakpa. D.Tageme.
The defence counsel Moses Oriazowan pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy saying the accused persons were remorseful and have promised never to go back to such despicable act.
After listening to both counsels, Justice P.I.Ajoku sentenced the accused persons to one month imprisonment each adding that the proceeds of crime be forfeited to the Federal Government so that their victims can be restituted.
On Thursday, May 3, 2018, the EFCC secured the conviction of David Abumhenre on a one count of internet fraud. The convict was sentenced to one month imprisonment by Justice P. I. Ajoku after pleading guilty to the charge. The convict is to forfeit the sum of N3.5million recovered from him to the Federal Government. Abumhere was said to have falsely represented himself as Tom Hanks, an American Movie Star, an identity he used to defraud his victims.
Meanwhile, EFCC traced 61 assets to former managing director/chief executive officer of Oceanic Bank, Cecilia Ibru, in Dubai in its ongoing tracking of looted funds.
The Nation reports that the assets include 41 shops, 16 mansions and four park towers.
NAIJ.com gathered that all the properties have been confiscated, but their sale is trailed by controversy because about $4,522,413.20 remain unaccounted for in the last seven years.
It was gathered that out of the over $7million purportedly realised from the disposal of the properties, the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria( AMCON) only received $3,278,238.69 from the proceeds.
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