An Nigerian fraudster who disguised as a woman to defraud his US based victim has bagged a jail term.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Area office, have on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 secured the conviction of an internet fraudster named Aigbedion Andrew, from the Special Offence Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos state. The fate of the young fraudster was presided over by Justice Sherifat Solebo.
The young man was arraigned on a one-count charge, which is, possession of fraudulent document.
The count reads,
“You, Andrew Aigbedion (a.k.a Steve) on or about the 5th day of January 2018, at Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division, had in your possession a document wherein you falsely represented yourself to one Anne that you are a widower and originally from Greece and has lived in the United States of America for more than 25 months, having regard to the circumstances of the case, that the document contains false pretence and as thus committed an offence contrary to Section 318 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State No. 11 of 2011”.
Bilikisu Buhari, who was the prosecution counsel, told the court that the young man pleaded guilty to charge proffered against him at the last sitting and consequently, moved to review the facts of the case.
According to the prosecution counsel: “Sometime in May 2017, the defendant was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC and upon his arrest, he volunteered his statement. In the course of the investigation, he admitted to being into romance scam, fondly call “Yahoo”.
Whereas, upon thorough investigation and a forensic analysis into his email address [email protected], documents which contains false pretence and other illegal documents were printed out and used against him in the Court of law.
“The defendant impersonated a white man named Steve and confessed to obtaining the sum of $15,000 (Fifteen Thousand U.S Dollars) and Seven Million Naira (#7, 000, 000) from some unsuspected members of the public.
Upon the detailed review of facts, the prosecution counsel, prayed that Aigbedion be convicted as contained in the plea bargain agreement.
The convict’s counsel, however, prayed that the court temper justice with mercy to his client, stating that he was a first-time offender who had shown remorse and promised to desist from any sort of crime offenses.
Justice Sherifat Solebo, however, found him guilty of the offence and hereby sentenced him to one year imprisonment and however order his cars be forfeited to the Federal Government.