Court sentences suspected fraudster to two years imprisonment

An internet fraudster, identified as Amegor Ovenseri was on Monday sentenced to two years imprisonment by a Federal High Court sitting in Benin, the Edo State capital for alleged internet fraud.

The accused was first arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on February 21, 2013 on a two count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents.

The suspect was arrested on the 18th of January, 2013 at his residence No. 56 Siloko Road, Benin City, by men of the JTF, 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Benin following a tip-off.

Laptops and phones were recovered from his residence at the point of arrest and were handed over to EFCC, for further investigation and possible prosecution.

The magistrate, Justice P. I. Ajoku found Amergor guilty on a two count charge.

The count charge reads, “that you Amegor Ovenseri, on or about the 18th day of January, 2013, at Siluko road, Benin City, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable court did with conspire with one Ede Amegor to commit felony to wit: obtaining by false pretence contrary to Section 8a of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and Punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.

Count two of the charge reads: “That you Amegor Ovenseri, on or about the 18th day of January, 2013, at Siluko road, Benin City, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable court did possess a document containing false representation to wit: A letter of introduction as frederyk from England, which said representation you made in a bid to obtain by false pretence, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 6 and 8b of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and Punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”

Amegor, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

Justice P. I. Ajoku, consequently sentenced the accused to two years imprisonment without an option of fine on each of the charge counts. The sentences are to run concurrently.

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