Man sentenced to 18 months in prison for over $ 15,000 romance scam

The fraudster, identified as Chima Daniel Iveregbu, was prosecuted by the Lagos Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s area office and convicted by Special Crimes Judge Oluwatoin Taiwo, located in Ikeja, Lagos, for committing fraud. in the Internet

The convict was reportedly wanted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) prior to his August 12 arrest.

He was prosecuted on December 4, 2020, following his arrest by EFCC agents on August 12, 2020 for his involvement in an online love relationship scam.

He pleaded “guilty” to the charges, prompting Attorney Franklin Ofom to urge the court to find him guilty and convict him accordingly.

In his review of the facts against the accused, Ofom told the court that an investigation into the FBI’s intelligence report provided to the EFCC showed that he was involved in an Internet romance scam.

“He usually disguised himself as Captain Larry Fam to deceive his victims, most of whom were women.

“When he was arrested by the EFCC, he admitted his role in Internet scams,” he said.

Ofoma said a forensic examination of his phone and computer revealed indictments and other evidence that he used to carry out a $ 15,000 fraud.

Ofoma later submitted as evidence documents printed by the EFCC from his mobile phone and computer, a statement he made to the EFCC, and an FBI intelligence report that were deemed artifacts. …

Defense lawyer Z.S. Makinde pleaded with the Court to temper justice with mercy, since the convicted person did not waste the time of the court and was the main culprit.

“He has two children and his wife has just given birth.

“He also expressed remorse; and when the crime was committed, he really wanted to marry a white woman, ”he added.

Judge Taiwo sentenced him to 18 months in prison on each of the three counts, which must be issued simultaneously, with the possibility of a NAT 100,000 fine on each count.

The judge also granted the prosecution’s motion to the federal government to confiscate the iPhone and laptop he returned.

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