Internet Fraudster Bags One Year Jail Term
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, secured the conviction and sentencing of an Internet fraudster, Oluwatobiloba Badejo, before Justice O.A. Williams of the State High court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.
The convict was arraigned on May 25, 2018 on a two- count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and possession of fraudulent documents to the tune of N124, 937.53( One Hundred and Twenty- four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Thirty-seven Naira, Fifty-three Kobo).
Count one reads: “That you, Oluwatobiloba Badejo (aka Lynda Andrew) on or about the 20th of March, 2016, at Lagos within the Ikeja judicial Division, by false pretence and with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N52, 937.53( Fifty-two Thousand, Nine Hundred and Thirty-seven Naira, Fifty- three Kobo) from one Manuel Alberto Rama Carracedo by falsely representing to him that you are a woman with the name Lynda Andre , which pretence you knew to be false.”
Count two reads: “That you, Oluwatobiloba Badejo ( aka Lynda Andrew) on or about the 13th of June, 2016 at Lagos, within the Ikeja judicial Division by false pretence and with intent to defraud , obtained the sum of N72, 000( Seventy- two Thousand Naira) from one Manuel Alberto Rama Carracedo by falsely representing to him that you are a woman with the name Lynda Andrew, which pretence you knew to be false.”
He pleaded guilty to charge preferred against him after initially entering a plea bargain with the Commission to refund the sum of N124, 937.53 obtained from the victims and also forfeit to the Federal Government a Dell laptop computer, which he used “as the instrumentality of fraud.”
The judge, after hearing the terms of agreement reached by both the prosecution and counsel to the defendant, O. Odubela, SAN, had deferred judgment till today (May 30.)
Delivering his judgment, Justice Williams found the defendant guilty on both counts and sentenced him to one-year imprisonment.