An internet fraudster, Samuel Oteyowo, has bagged 14-months-jail-term for defrauding an American of the sum of N19.6m.
Oteyowo claims to be a graduate of Civil Engineering from a Nigerian university.
He was charged with one-count amended charge of criminal impersonation for defrauding Warren Doht of an amount totalling sum of N19,664,128.50 (Nineteen million, six hundred and sixty four thousand, one hundred and twenty eight naira, fifty kobo) via the internet.
Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State pronounced the 32-year-old guilty as charged.
The accused person was said to have committed the crime contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (ii) of the Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) of the same Act.
The plea bargain agreement, Wilson Uwujaren Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, said, “formed the basis for the amended charge with which he was arraigned and convicted on Monday.”
After pleading guilty to the amended charge, prosecution counsel, Murtala Usman, urged the court to convict him accordingly.
Apart from the jail term, the court also ordered Oteyowo to restitute the N19,664,128.50 to the victim of his crime.
The arrest of Oteyowo is coming a few months after the Ibadan zonal office of the anti graft agency arrested 32 suspected internet fraudsters.According to the Commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, they were arrested in Ogbomosho area of Ibadan following credible intelligence and many weeks of surveillance on the location where they were arrested.
Uwajuren said several fraudulent documents and other instruments of fraud were recovered from them at the point of their arrest.
Three of the suspects claimed to be serving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), 19 were undergraduates of various universities across the country while the remaining 10 laid claim to sundry vocations