The Abuja Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday secured the conviction of three internet fraudsters before Justice S.B. Belgore of the FCT High Court, Bwari, Abuja.
The convicts: Victor Ikenna David, a student; Martins Nnamdi Okonkwo, a graduate of Computer Science and Stanley Obiri, 31, a blogger, were arrested in a sting operation at Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja and prosecuted on charges of internet-related fraud.
The convicts created several social media profiles which they deceitfully employed to receive financial gains from their victims. Victor, aka Jameson Scott, fraudulently obtained $3,800 (Three Thousand Eight Hundred United States Dollars) from Maya Malik whom he pretended to be in love with. Obire, alias Magret Oliver (a military officer serving in the United States), and Okonkwo, alias James Lenoir (a civil engineer serving in Berlin, Germany), attempted to cheat Ernest Pervia and Myriam respectively.
The convicts pleaded guilty after the charges were read to them.
Justice Belgore convicted and sentenced Victor and Obire to one month in prison with an option of N100, 000 fine each, while Okonkwo will spend one month in prison or an option of N200, 000 fine.
The court also ordered the forfeiture of all proceeds of crime to the Federal Government.