3 jailed in Benin City for internet fraud

An Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City, has convicted and sentenced the trio of Destiny Okokhue, Godwin Michael Ejovwoke and Kazeem Abidemi Samson to three years imprisonment for fraud.

They were prosecuted on one count charge of intent to defraud and unlawful possession of fraudulent documents by the Benin Zonal Command of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The convicts were arrested based on intelligence which linked them to fraudulent activities. Ejovwoke, 24 impersonated one Clinton Max, a 45 year-old American doctor on Facebook to defraud unsuspecting victims.

On his part, Samson, 25, impersonated Wang Hong and Feng Robinson on Facebook and Instagram to defraud his victims.

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The charge against Samson reads: “that you, Kazeem Abidemi Samson on or about May 22, 2023, within the jurisdiction of this court did have in your possession on your iPhone 12 Pro Max with IMEI: 356712110275005 documents which you knew or ought to have known contained false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 6 and 8 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Acts 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.

Upon arraignment, the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges, prompting the prosecution counsel, Al-Amin Abdul Ibrahim and A.S.Bala-Ribah to pray the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Efe Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced each of the defendants to three years imprisonment with an option of N200,000 as fine.

The judge ordered that the convicts forfeit their phones and the balance in their bank accounts, being proceeds of crime, to the Federal Government.

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