Internet Fraudster Bags Nine Months Jail Term
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos zonal office, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 secured the conviction and sentencing of one Shobogun Olushola Emmanuel to nine months imprisonment before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos for his involvement in internet fraud.
The convict was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents, an offence contrary to Section 320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
He however pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against him by the EFCC.
The one- count charge reads: “That you Shobogun Olushola Emmanuel sometime in December, 2019 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, had in your possession documents containing false pretence, wherein you falsely represented yourself as “Harry Watts”, “Leigh Kellis”, “Dale Cannon”, and “Jared Rowland” which you ought to have known that the said documents contains false pretence.”
While reviewing the facts of the case, prosecution counsel, Idris Mohammad told the court that the convict was arrested about a week ago after the Commission received an intelligence report on the internet fraud activities of some individuals.
He further told the court that at the point of arrest, a Toyota Camry car with registration number EKY 771 FJ and an iPhone Max were recovered from the convict.
The iPhone was analyzed in the forensic lap of the Commission and it was found that the defendant operates an email containing a Rental Agreement Letter for internet fraud activities, Idris said.
The documents found in the iPhone were tendered and admitted in evidence.
In view of the reviewed facts, the prosecution counsel, Mohammad urged the court to convict and sentence the defendant as charged by the EFCC.
Justice Taiwo convicted and sentenced the defendant to nine months imprisonment.
She also ordered that the items recovered from the convict be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Justice Taiwo however gave the convict an option of fine for N250,000.