A twenty-one year old student of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, in Kwara State, Olaleye Rosheed, on Thursday bagged twelve months jail term over offences bordering on attempted cheating and internet fraud.
He was sentenced by Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.
Olaleye was prosecuted on one-count charge by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The charge sheet reads, “That you, Olaleye Rosheed (Christiana Lopez) sometime in January,2021 at Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, pretended to be one Christiana Lopez, a white female with a gmail account christianalopez firstname.lastname@example.org and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Penal code.”
The defendant pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him in court.
Following his plea, the Counsel to the anti-graft agency, Sesan Ola reviewed the facts of the case through an operative of the commission, who narrated how intelligence led to the arrest of the defendant on July 24,2021.
The witness told the court that several fraudulent messages printed from Olaleye’s email, including the iPhone recovered from him at the point of arrest, were tendered and admitted in evidence.
Delivering judgement, Justice Oyinloye said “I have carefully considered the facts and circumstances of this case, especially the lone count charge, the plea of guilt entered by the defendant, his extra-judicial statements and unchallenged testimonies of the prosecution witness.
“This honorable court holds the view that the prosecution has succeeded in proving its case beyond reasonable doubt.”
“This court finds the defendant guilty of the allegation levelled against him and he is hereby convicted,” the trial judge declared.
After listening to the plea made by the defence counsel, Justice Oyinloye sentenced Olaleye to one year imprisonment with an option of N200,000 fine.
The iPhone recovered from him was also forfeited to the Federal Government.
EFCC Arraigns PHCN Ex-MD For N6bn Insurance Benefit Fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned the Managing Director of PJO Ventures Limited, Cecilia Osipitan.
She is being tried along with PJO and Insurance Resourcery and Consultancy Services Limited before Justice U. P. Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja.
Osipitan faces a nine-count charge bordering criminal breach of trust, conspiracy and conversion of public funds to the tune of N6billion.
EFCC said the money was meant for the payment of outstanding insurance premiums and claims of deceased and incapacitated staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
Osipitan’s offence contravened Section 311 of the Panel Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, (Abuja) 2004 and punishable under Section 312 of the same Act.
The defendant pleaded not guilty when the charges were read.
Justice Kekemeke granted her bail in the sum of N500million with two sureties in like sum.
The sureties must be federal civil servant, a religious leader or a member of the National Assembly residing and own landed properties in Abuja.
Kekemeke adjourned until January 20, 2022 for commencement of trial.
Edo: British Actor’s Impostor Jailed, Others Risk Same Fate
Justice S. M. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State on Thursday sentenced one Irabor Osarumwense (aka 007 Daniel Craig James Bond) to two years imprisonment for fraud.
Osarumwense was arraigned by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on one count charge bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretence.
He fraudulently impersonated the identity of Daniel Craig, British actor, to defraud unsuspecting victims.
The charge reads: “That you Irabor Osarumwense (aka 007 Daniel Craig James Bond) sometimes in 2021 in Benin City, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did fraudulently impersonate the identity of Daniel Craig, an American actor by fraudulently sending documents to one Nansiri through the internet which document you claim emanated from the said Daniel Craig with the intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015 and punishable under section 22(2)(b)(iv) of the same Act.”
Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.
In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Immaculate Elodi, prayed the court to convict and sentence him in accordance with the plea bargain agreement between the parties.
Justice Shuaibu thereafter convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment or a fine of N200, 000.
The defendant is also to forfeit the phone used in perpetuating the crime to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
He is also to undertake in writing to be of good behaviour afterwards.
In a related development, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Warri, Delta State has fixed December 7 and 13, 2021 for the sentencing of two internet fraudsters Marvis Bello and Lucky Uhuamare.
The duo were arraigned on Thursday October 21, 2021 on one count charge each bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretence.
The charge against Bello reads: “That you Marvis Bello (Alex Wrang and Pinky Jenny) on or about the 9th of March 2021 at S&T Barracks, Benin City within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated one Valeries Hollywood, a white man by using Gmailkingsmavis@gmail.com to obtain money from one Rebecca Brown and sending fictitious documents to your advantage, the pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015 and punishable under section 22(2)(b)(iv) of the same Act”.
The duo pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to them.
In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Mohammed prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendants in accordance with the plea bargain agreement between the parties.
However, Justice Abang adjourned to December 7 and 13 for the review of facts of the case and sentencing.
U.S Charges South Africa-based Nigerian Cultists With Fraud, Money Laundering
The United States has charged eight Nigerians living in South Africa for wire fraud and money laundering.
Acting U.S. Attorney, Rachael A. Honig announced the indictment for the District of New Jersey.
The suspects include seven leaders of the Cape Town Zone of the Neo-Black Movement of Africa (Black Axe) and an eighth man who conspired with the cult leaders.
They were charged with multiple federal crimes relating to internet scams they perpetrated from South Africa.
In custody are Perry Osagiede – 52; Enorense Izevbigie – 45; Franklyn Edosa Osagiede – 37; Osariemen Eric Clement – 35; Collins Owhofasa Otughwor – 37; Musa Mudashiru – 33; Toritseju Gabriel Otubu – 41.
Toritseju is charged with a separate indictment of wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering conspiracy from 2016 to 2021.
Investigators found that all the defendants perpetrated financial crimes from 2011 to 2021. One remains at large.
Perry Osagiede, Franklyn Osagiede, Clement, and Izevbigie are charged with wire fraud. Perry, Franklyn are also charged with aggravated identity theft alongside Otughwor.
The U.S. noted that the Black Axe, an organization headquartered in Benin, the Edo capital, operates in various countries.
The defendants were leaders of Black Axe units in Cape Town. Perry Osagiede founded the zone and worked as zonal head along with Izevbigie.
Honig lamented that Americans are often victimized by criminal organizations abroad who use the internet to deceive and defraud.
The official advised individuals and organizations to be on guard against scammers and unscrupulous schemes.
“Anyone thinking of engaging in this kind of criminal conduct should understand that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our partners will find them and bring them to justice, no matter where they are”, Honig said.
U.S. Secret Service Office of Investigations Assistant Director, Jeremy Sheridan stressed that transnational organized criminal networks continue to victimize Americans and threaten the country’s financial infrastructure.
Sheridan said the Secret Service and partner agencies work tirelessly to dismantle the groups and arrest those who lead them.
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“We are proud to be a part of the international law enforcement mission to combat all forms of financial crimes and thank all those involved in this investigation”, the Director added.
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