Yahoo boy, mother and girlfriend convicted over fraud in delta state
The economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC) has successfully secured the conviction of a Nigerian man, his mom and his girlfriend over internet scam.
The man identified as Gift Kenneth, his mother, Dora Animam and girlfriend, Spice Chimzi was sentenced to 5 and 2 years imprisonment respectively for defrauding an American lady, Lucinda Ann Garnes Henrichson, of around $902,935 (about N371 million).
Kenneth reportedly disguised himself as one Raymond Carl Eric and in 2018 and 2019 lied to Henrichson of Texas, US, about an infrastructural investment project.
This was followed by the transfer of the money through various channels – Shuaibu Abdullahi and Dora Animam’s bank accounts.
His offences are said to be contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition and Prevention, Etc ) Act 2015 and punishable under section 22 (2)(b)(IV) of the same Act.
His mother, Animam was said to have received the money with her Diamond and Access bank accounts.
According to the statement, she received $166,000 from Henrichson and N27 million from Abdullahi, thereby said to have committed an offence contrary to section 27(1)(b) and 22(2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc) Act ,2015 and punishable under section 22 (2)(b)(IV) of the same Act.
They all pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against them, the EFCC said.
The verdict was givrn by Justice F. A. Olubanjo of the Federal High Court, Asaba, Delta State, on Thursday.
Justice Olubanjo convicted and sentenced both Gift Kenneth and his mother, Dora Animam to five years imprisonment or a fine of N3 million each while Spice Chimzi Dandy Igwe was sentenced to two years imprisonment or a fine of N100,000.
A Mercedes Benz 300, Mercedes Benz CL250, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XX Max, Apple MacBook Pro, two Apple Mac books were said to have been recovered from Kenneth, along with a twin four-bedroomed uncompleted duplex in Asaba.
A sum of N4 million wae also recovered and the victim, Henrichson was refunded the sum of $4,255, recovered from Kenneth’s contractor, through the US Embassy.
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