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Court jails 29-year-old internet fraudster

Justice Bayo Taiwo of the Oyo State High Court yesterday convicted and sentenced Shola John Wright to one year imprisonment for defrauding an American citizen,…

Justice Bayo Taiwo of the Oyo State High Court yesterday convicted and sentenced Shola John Wright to one year imprisonment for defrauding an American citizen, Erica Hegge, of the sum of $1,450.

The 29-year-old, who operated with the pseudonym David Riger, was found guilty of a one-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan zonal office.

The offence runs contrary to Section 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

Wright pleaded guilty to the charge when read to him.

The plea was consequent upon a plea bargain agreement between him and the Commission.

The EFCC said that the defendant, while relating with his victim, falsely presented himself as a white man to gain access and subsequently preyed on her.

Due to the ‘guilty’ plea, the EFCC counsel, Abdulrasheed Lanre Suleman, prayed the court to adopt the conditions of the plea bargain agreement, which included restitution of the sum in question to the owner and forfeiture of items recovered from him.

Justice Taiwo granted the prayers as he ordered that the convict pays back the $1,450 to the owner through the EFCC.

He also held that the phone recovered from him in the course of investigation be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

His conviction takes effect from the day of his arrest.

 

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