CRIME: Internet fraudster bags 6-month jail term

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Tuesday, convicted and sentenced Paul Otanor to six-month imprisonment for defrauding a foreigner.

Otanor, it was learnt, was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office on a one-count charge bordering on impersonation contrary to Section 22 (3) (a) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the same Act.

EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.

Orilade further affirmed, “Otanor’s journey to prison started when operatives of the EFCC arrested him sometimes in May 2019 in Warri, Delta State for internet-related offences. Documents containing false pretences were found on him.

“He confessed to the crime through his written statements that he was operating different gmail accounts and identities to defraud his unsuspecting victims.

“Some of the gmail accounts are: paulnewlife217@gmail.com, otanor70@gmail.com and kentymark455@gmail.com.

He was thereafter, charged with internet fraud.”

But the defendant reportedly pleaded guilty to the charge.

Also, the counsels for the EFCC, S. Chime and the defence, Edo Anabel agreed on the convict’s plea of guilty.

In his ruling, Justice A. T. Mohammed convicted and sentenced him to six months imprisonment with an option of fine of N100,000.

He also ordered that the sum of $600 fraudulently obtained from Brenda Pearson, a foreigner, be returned to her.(Dailypost)

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