Kaduna Internet Fraudster Bags Jail Term
The Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction of one Emuze Omosigho Emmanuel (aka Thomas Brooks) for offences bordering on cheating.
Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court on July 8, 2019 found him guilty of the one-count charge preferred against him after he pleaded “guilty” to the charge.
His journey to jail began when operatives acted on intelligence report indicating that he engages in fraudulent activities and had defrauded unsuspecting individuals of their hard-earned money.
The charge against him reads: “That you, Emuze Omosigho sometime in 2019 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kaduna State, did with intent to defraud attempted to commit an offence to wit: Cheating against one Julia Munoz of Lubbock, Texas, Martha French and Brenda Davis by sending them scam mails using your Instagram, FaceBook and plenty of phishing e-mail addresses posing as one Thomas Brooks, with the aim of obtaining financial benefit for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 57 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under the same Section.”
He along side his other conspirators forged and impersonated documents purportedly emanating from different organisations where they claimed to be engineers and members of other reputable occupation.
Following his guilty plea, counsel for the EFCC, S.H Sa’ad, informed the court of the plea bargain agreement between the prosecution and the defence.
He was thereafter, sentenced to one year in prison with an option of N100,000 fine.
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Oyo Court Jails ‘419’
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, has secured the conviction of one Okoloba Emmanuel for contravening Section 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
Okoloba was on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 sentenced to six months in prison by Justice Mohammed Owolabi of the Oyo State High Court in a one-count charge failed against him by the Commission.
The charge accused Okoloba of obtaining the sum of N350,000 (Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) from one Gerhard Ludi-Kohler through false pretence.
Even though he knew it to be false, he told the victim that the money was meant for an item he purchased.
After an initial arraignment, the defendant sought a window for a plea bargain which led to the lone charge he was charged with on Tuesday.
He pleaded guilty to the charge prompting the prosecution counsel, Oluwatinuwe Daramola, to pray the court to convict him accordingly.
Justice Owolabi thence pronounced him guilty and sentenced him to six months in prison.
The convict had earlier made restitution of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) only to the victim.
He was also ordered to forfeit to the Federal Government of Nigeria his iPhone 8 and Macbook laptop which were recovered from him during investigations.
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