Court Sends Three Undergraduates To Jail For Internet Fraud
Justice Rosemary Oghoghorie of the Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, has sentenced three undergraduates of Akwa Ibom State University to one-year imprisonment for offences bordering on internet fraud.
The convicts, Akpan Emmanuel Jacob, Covenant Samuel Edoho and Akpakaden Mfoniso Simeon, were found guilty of two-count charges bordering on fraudulent impersonation and obtaining by false pretence.
One of the counts reads: “That you, Covenant Samuel Edoho “M” sometime in 2022 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did take possession and control of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira only) intentionally, knowing that the money formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act to wit; obtaining money by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act and punishable under Section 18 (3) of the same Act”.
They pleaded guilty when the charges were separately read to them, and given their pleas, prosecution counsel S. S. Aribido, prayed the Court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.
The Judge convicted and sentenced them to one-year imprisonment each with an option of a fine of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000.00) each.
They were also ordered to forfeit their phones, which should be sold, and the proceeds paid into the Consolidated Revenue Account of the government.
She further ordered Jacob to restitute $250(Two Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars), Simeon $200, and Edoho N200,000.00(Two Hundred Thousand Naira) to the EFCC.
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