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Man Jailed Four Months for Internet Fraud

A  Federal High Court, sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State, has sentenced one Abdulrazak Lawal Adetunji to four months in prison.

He was convicted of a one-count charge of obtaining money under false pretence filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.

Abdulrazak was alleged to have obtained the sum of $400 USD (Four Hundred United States of American Dollars) from one Beatrice Lothes, an American citizen when he falsely represented himself to her as James Richard from the United States of America.

The pretense facilitated his obtaining the said sum through iTunes and play gift card.

At the mention of the case. the EFCC’s counsel, Shamsuddeen Bashir, informed the court that defendant had gone for a plea bargain agreement, saying the Commission would be substituting the arraignment earlier filed.

When the one-count amended charge was read to him, the defendant pleaded guilty.

In view of his plea, Bashir adopted the plea bargain agreement and urged the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

The presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Abubakar then convicted and sentenced Abdulrazak to four months in prison.

The court also ordered that the convict make restitution of the sum he obtained to his victim, through the Federal Government of Nigeria, as well as forfeit items recovered from him to the government.

Sunday Ogunyemi

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