Court convicts three for internet fraud in Benin

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin Zonal Office on February 11, 2019 secured three convictions at the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State.

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One of the convicts, Oriaifo Oselumese, was arraigned for fraudulently obtaining the sum of 18,000 Euros from one Leong Sao Chu, a Chinese citizen through a love scam.

He pleaded “guilty” to the one-count charge.

The charge reads: “That you, Oriaifo Oselumese, sometimes in 2018 in Uromi, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did by fraudulent trick to wit: love scam on a dating internet site, obtained the sum of 18,000 Euros only from Leong Sao Chu a Chinese and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 421 of the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.”

Justice M.G. Umar, thereafter, convicted and sentenced him to two months in prison based on the plea bargain arrangement between the prosecution and the defence. The convict is also to forfeit a Toyota Camry 2009 model recovered from him as proceeds of crime to the victim through the Federal Government.

In a related development, Bobby Edigin was sentenced to 12 months in prison by Justice Umar after pleading “guilty” to the charge. The convict is also to forfeit all assets traced and recovered from him which were linked to crime.

Edigin was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on impersonation. He was said to have fraudulently presented himself as one Dickson Frank in an attempt to defraud one Miss Susan.

Also convicted by the court was Emmanuel Ayo, who fraudulently presented himself as Christopher Walter in an attempt to defraud one Miss Trisha Linda. The convict was sentenced to 12 months in prison, and ordered to forfeit all assets traced and recovered from him which were linked to the crime.

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