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Internet Fraudster Jailed for 2 Years in Kaduna

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On Thursday, Justice Mohammed Tukur of the Kaduna State High Court sentenced one Beegu Tyopav to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to internet fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Kaduna Zonal Office, prosecuted Tyopav on a one-count charge bordering on internet-related fraud.

Justice Tukur sentenced the convict after he pleaded guilty to the charge by giving him an option of N150,000 fine.

According to the counsel EFCC counsel, E. K. Garba, Tyopav fraudulently induced one Daniel Osayande, a retiree, to disclose his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) PIN. He did this by impersonating one Godwin Philemon, a staff of First Bank Plc.

Garba said that after Osayande disclosed the PIN, the accused fraudulently transferred N90,000 from Osayande’s account to his account.

The counsel stated that the offence was contrary to, as well as punishable under Section 142(1) of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017.

The prosecution counsel, however, prayed the court to sentence the convict accordingly.

Earlier, Deborah Adamu-Eteh, EFCC counsel told the court that the convict was arrested on Feb. 28, based on intelligence received by the Intelligence and Special Operations Section (ISOS) of the zonal office.

Adamu-Eteh said intelligence showed that the convict had been defrauding unsuspecting members of the public, mainly job seekers, by using several identities with different email addresses posing as foreigners.

The counsel added that during an interview the convict confessed to the crime of using different identities to defraud job seekers.

Justice Z. B. Abubakar sentenced the convict after he pleaded guilty to the one-count charge and gave him an option of N300, 000 fine.

He also ordered the convict to forfeit his Dell laptop worth N60,000 and an iPhone 8-plus worth N150,00, being the instruments used in perpetrating the crime to the Federal Government.

She read the charge thus: “That you, Robert Sunday Olaoluwa ‘M’ sometime in February 2020 in Kaduna within the Jurisdiction of this court fraudulently impersonates one Anthony Newton.

“And you claimed to be one of the Human Resources Managers at TTEC with intent to gain an advantage for yourself and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 22(2) (b) of Cyber-crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015.’’

Following the plea of the convict, she urged the court to convict him accordingly and the judge passed the sentence.

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