By O’star Eze
A convicted internet fraudster, Obasi Wisdom has pleaded guilty to a count charge of cheating to the tune of Twenty-one thousand dollars ($29,000) and has been fined to pay One hundred thousand naira (N100,000) or go to jail for one month.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal Office secured his conviction of before Justice Binta Mohammed of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court sitting in Apo, on a one-count charge of cheating to the tune of $29,000.
The convict was alleged to have impersonated one Jeff Peters from Arizona in the United States, and lured one Douglas Guidry to send him the sum of $29,000 in the guise of being in a romantic relationship with him. This is an offence punishable under Section 324 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federation, (Abuja), 1990, as amended.
Upon arraignment, the convict pleaded “guilty” to the charge preferred against him.
Justice Mohammed, thereafter, convicted and sentenced him to one month in prison, with an option of N100,000 as fine.
However, in a similar situation, 24-year-old Ogundele Adeseye, another convicted internet fraudster who was said to have cheated his victims to the tune of Five hundred dollars ($500) was sentenced to six months imprisonment by Justice Babangana Ashigar in a Federal High Court in Ilorin, Kwara state.
The charge had read:
“That you, sometimes in July 2018 or thereabouts in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this honourable court by means of fraudulent trick that you are a white Caucasian and interested in having a relationship, obtained the cumulative sum of $500 (Five Hundred Dollars) in form of iTunes gift cards from one Chase Gliglia, an American Citizen whom you met on seeking.com website (sugarbabysite) by chatting with her using the firstname.lastname@example.org and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under section 421 of the Criminal code act.”
The accused pleaded, “My lord, I have learnt my lessons, I have realised that crime and criminality is not good. I am pleading with your lordship to temper justice with mercy.
Following the plea bargain agreement that was reached, the trial judge tempered justice with mercy to serve as a deterrent to other intending fraudsters.
He ruled, “In accordance with plea bargain agreement, I hereby convict the defendant and sentence him to six months imprisonment. It was reliably gathered that Ogundele, the convict burst out crying as he was led to Mandala Prison by prison warders.