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Ekiti Laundryman Jailed 3years For Internet Fraud In Kwara

By Adeshina Precious

Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday, October 20, 2022, sentenced one Fapohunda Paul Olasunkanmi, a laundry man from Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State to three years imprisonment for internet fraud related offences.

Fapohunda, 23, was arrested in Ado-Ekiti by operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on April 26, 2022 with one iPhone 6, MacBook Apple Air Laptop and Mercedes CLA 250, was found to be engaged in dating scam, posing to be a white man named Ethan Jones from America to defraud unsuspecting victims.

He also used fraudulent email accounts for other nefarious acts including picker through bitcoins, cashapp and gift cards.

The convict was found to be in control of N92million believed to be proceeds of illegal activities between August 2021 and April 2022.

He pleaded guilty to a one count charge.

The charge reads, “That you, Fapohunda Paul Olasunkanmi sometime in the month of August 2018 in Ekiti within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did fraudulently impersonate one Ethan Jones through your email with intent to gain advantage for yourself and you did benefit $930 dollars thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention Act) 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act”

Prosecuting counsel, Andrew Akoja reviewed the facts of the case and asked the court to convict the defendant as charged.

Justice Sani agreed with the prosecution counsel that the EFCC had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and convicted the defendant.

The Judge sentenced Fapohunda to three years imprisonment with option of N400,000 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira) fine. The judge ordered that one iPhone 12 Pro Max, Apple iPhone 6, MacBook laptop, Mercedes CLA 250 and a sum of $930 (Nine Hundred and Thirty United State Dollars) which he raised as restitution be forfeited to the Federal Government.

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