Cybercrime: Fake American jailed six months in Ilorin


A Kwara state High court, sitting in Ilorin on Tuesday sentenced one Ayeni Oluwatofunmi, 25, to Correctional Centre, for impersonation and offences bordering on cybercrime.

Oluwatofunmi is alleged to have impersonated a white American lady, Daina Patrick, to swindle unsuspecting victims.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), secured the conviction.

Delivering judgement, Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar sentenced Ayeni to six months suspended prison terms.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of the sum of US$200, which the convict benefited from the unlawful activity, as well as the phone used to perpetrate the crime to the federal government.

Abdulgafar held that “the court is satisfied that the prosecution has proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The offence against the defendant reads that; Ayeni Peter Oluwatofunmi, impersonated a white American female, Daina Patrick, to swindle unsuspecting victims.

The offence is contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code law and punishable under section 324 of the same law.

The defendant pleaded guilty as charged.

Upon the ‘guilty plea’ by the defendant, Counsel to the EFCC, Rashidat Alao, called a witness, who narrated how credible intelligence led to the arrest of the defendant.

The witness, an operative of the Commission, tendered several fraudulent messages, printed from the device of the defendant, which the court admitted in evidence.

Alao thereafter urged the court to consider the plea entered by the defendant, his extra-judicial statements, the testimony of the sole prosecution witness and exhibits tendered to convict the defendant.

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