Two Convicted for Crypto, Facebook Scam in Abuja
Justice A.Y. Shafa of the FCT High Court has convicted Canice Agabi and Nwozor Martins on separate counts of fraud.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal Command, arraigned Agabi before the Court for defrauding a United States citizen, Anne Fuscelaro, of the sum of a total sum of One Thousand United States Dollars ($1,000) in 2021 after parading himself as an American citizen and creating an Instagram account with the username Randy Sylvester.
He misled the victim into believing that he was into Bitcoin Investment and that she could earn a good return on investment if she invested in his cryptocurrency company, Prime Cash Investment, a fact he knew was false.
The offense is contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federation (Abuja) 1990, and punishable under Section 324 of the same Act.
Following his guilty plea, Justice Shafa convicted and sentenced Agabi to three months imprisonment with an option of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000) fine.
The convict, who had earlier returned Two Hundred United States Dollars ($200) is to pay a further sum of Six Hundred and Twenty-Three Thousand Naira (N623,000) in restitution to the Federation Account.
Justice Shafa also ordered that his Samsung Note 10 mobile phone, which he used to commit the crime be burnt in the court premises.
In the same vein, Justice Shafa also convicted one Nwozor Martins following his guilty plea to one count of fraud.
Nwozor was sentenced to three months in prison with an option of a fine of Two Hundred thousand Naira Only (N200,000). Nwozor, who had earlier refunded N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) as restitution, is to pay the balance of N370,000 (Three Hundred and Seventy Thousand Naira) to the Federation account.
His iPhone and Tecno phones are also to be burnt on the Court premises.
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