Justice Okon Okon of the Akwa Ibom State High Court, Uyo on Wednesday convicted and sentenced a fake lawyer, Emem Isreal Uboh, to two years imprisonment for charges bordering on obtaining by false pretence, issuance of dud cheque and defrauding one Bridget Bassey the sum of N1, 240, 000.00 (One Million Two Hundred and Forty Thousand Naira).
He conned the victim with claims that he is an international business lawyer with the capacity to trade in foreign exchange.
Justice Okon found him guilty on two of the three counts preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Uboh’s journey to prison started when one Bridget Bassey petitioned the Uyo Zonal office of the Commission, alleging that he collected the sum of N1, 540, 000.00 (One Million Five Hundred and Forty Thousand Naira) from her with the false claim that he was going to help her invest the money by trading in Bitcon, which never happened. When she insisted on getting her money back, the convict issued her a cheque which was returned unpaid as the account was not funded.
After months of investigation, Uboh was eventually arrested by operatives of the Commission on Friday February 16, 2018, and arraigned in court on March 19, 2018, when he pleaded not guilty to the charges.