CYBER CRIME: Court Convicts Internet Scammer, Orders Forfeiture of USD1,980 to Federal Government.
The Federal High Court on Wednesday convicted Chidera Ozirigbo, an internet fraudster and ordered him to forfeit 1,980 dollars recovered during investigation to the Federal Government. Ozirigbo was convicted after a plea bargain agreement applied on July 23 and filed July 24. Justice Nkeonye Maha, sentenced Ozirigbo to six months imprisonment with an option to pay N100,000 bail.
Maha also sentenced the convict to six months imprisonment with an option of N200,000 to be paid to the federal government. Justice Maha stated that both counts will run concurrently. She ordered that Ozirigbo’s Samsung Galaxy S8 and Hp laptop he used to perpetuate the crime, be sold and proceeds remitted to the federal government. Justice Maha also ordered the convict to swear to an affidavit to be of good behaviour as failure to comply will attract judicial sanction to defaulting party.
The EFCC alleged that Ozirigbo sometime in May fraudulently impersonated an American, Anthony Bennet to obtain 1,300 dollars from Ms Evelyn Oker.