Federal High Court sitting in Enugu presided over by Justice I.M Buba has convicted 17 internet fraudsters to one year imprisonment each with an option of One Million Naira fine.
Justice Buba similarly ordered the convicts to forfeit their mobile handsets to Federal Government.
The defendants including, Ohazuruike Christian, Emeli Ikenna, Echebiri Ifeanyichukwu Victor, Echefulam Uche, Augustine Dimgba Ikeoha, Orji Patrick Onyebuchi, Egwu Collins Somto and Echezona Emmanuel Nwoye.
Others are, Ameh David Owenchochi, Tasie Henry Nzube, Ene Ndukaku Chinwendu, Innocent Chukwuemeka, Onyebuchi Victor Okwaodu, Ikeja Eyerinbi, Chukwu Miracle, Emmanuel Murewa and Ejike Prince.
They were arraigned Zonal Command, Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC on Thursday November 11, 2021 on separate one count charges bordering on criminal impersonation and obtaining money by false pretences.
The charge preferred against one of defendants reads, “That you, Echeebiri Ifeanyichukwu Victor, sometime in July, 2021 in Enugu within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, fraudulently impersonated one Maryline Gutlerveze from Los Angeles, through your fake Facebook account, with the intent to obtain money from unsuspecting foreign nationals by false pretence, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(i)(ii)(iii) and punishable under Section 22(2)(b) of the Cybercrimes(Prohibition ,Prevention, Etc )Act 2015”.
Ohazuruike Christian was however sentenced to one year imprisonment with an option of Five Hundred Thousand Naira fine. He is also to forfeit an Infinix mobile phone to the Federal Government.