The Federal Superior Court convicted Chidera Ozirigbo, an internet scammer and ordered him to lose $ 1,980 recovered during the investigation to the Federal Government.
Ozirigbo was convicted after a plea agreement was reached on July 23 and was filed on July 24. nigeria newspaper reports that Judge Nkeonye Maha sentenced Ozirigbo to six months in prison with the option of paying a bond of N100,000.
Maha also sentenced the convict to six months in prison with an option of N200,000 to pay the federal government.
Judge Maha stated that both charges will be executed simultaneously.
She ordered that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Hp laptop from Ozirigbo that she used to perpetuate the crime be sold and the proceeds be forwarded to the federal government.
Judge Maha also ordered the convict to swear that an affidavit was of good conduct, since the breach will attract a judicial sanction to the noncompliant party.
The EFCC alleged that Ozirigbo sometime in May fraudulently supplanted an American, Anthony Bennet, to obtain $ 1,300 from Mrs. Evelyn Oker.
The anti-graft agency said that Ozirigbo committed a crime contrary to Section 22 (2) b (II) of the Law on Cyber Crimes, Prohibition, Prevention, etc., 2015 and punishable under Section (22) (2) b (IV) of the same Act.
The EFCC lawyer, Hussaina Gambo, said that after the surveillance carried out on the intelligence report on cyber crimes and Internet fraud activities in Imo, Ozirigbo was arrested by EFCC agents on May 28.
“Investigations carried out in the case by EFCC agents revealed that the defendant assumed Bennet’s identity to obtain money from people fraudulently,” he said.