Abuja Court Sentences Internet Fraudster to Jail for $200 Scam

Upon being arraigned on a fraud charge by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), a student named Ayomide Oyeneye was handed a two-year prison sentence by a High Court in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, located in Gwagwalada. The convict pleaded guilty as part of a plea bargain agreement, seeking the court’s mercy.

During the judgment delivery, Justice Aliyu Shafa advised the individual to refrain from criminal activities and maintain good conduct. The convict was given the option to pay a fine of N200,000. Additionally, the judge ruled that the tools used in the crime would be forfeited to the Federal Government.

In a plea for leniency, the convict expressed remorse and vowed to change his ways, attributing his actions to hunger. He acknowledged his wrongdoing, stating, “I deeply regret my actions and pledge not to repeat them.”

The EFCC prosecutor, Mr. F.O. Dibang, revealed that between January 2023 and October 2023, the convict pretended to be someone named Maddiegrace on Instagram, using a female from Texas as a profile picture. Through electronic communications, he targeted unsuspecting white men like Kacy Reed, Robert Kimble, and Kelvin Adams, causing them to lose $200 due to misinformation.

Mr. Dibang cited the violation of Section 321 of the Penal Code, punishable under Section 324 of the same code for the offense committed by the convict.

According to NAN, the prosecution counsel informed the court that the convict signed the plea bargain agreement on May 3.

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