Court convicts son, mother and girlfriend for $902,935 internet fraud in Asaba

Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State convicted and sentenced Gift Kenneth, Dora Animam and Spice Chimzi Igwe to prison for $902,935 internet fraud on Thursday 24, July

Kenneth, who disguised as one Raymond Carl Eric, was said to have, in 2018 and 2019, in Agbor lied to Henrichson of Texas, United States of America, about an infrastructural investment project, leading to the transfer of the money through various channels – Shuaibu Abdullahi and Dora Animam’s bank accounts.

Kenneth, his biological mother, Animam and girlfriend, Igwe were arraigned on one count charge each by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for offences bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretences. They were said to have conspired to defraud an American lady, Lucinda Ann Garnes Henrichson of an aggregate sum of $902,935

The Court also ordered all items recovered during the investigation which included Mercedes Benz CL250, Mercedes Benz 300, iPhone I1 Promax, iPhone XX Max, Apple Mac book Pro, 2 Apple Mac book, N4, 000,000 found in his account, Twin 4 bedroom uncompleted duplex in Asaba, the cash sum of N4, 000,000 found on him and $ 4,255 recovered from his contractor, forfeited and restituted to the victim through the American Embassy.

Gift Kenneth offences are said to be contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition and Prevention, Etc ) Act 2015 and punishable under section 22 (2)(b)(IV) of the same Act.

Animam, on her own side, was said to have received the money with her Diamond and Access bank accounts. She was said to have received $166,000 from Henrichson and N27 million from Abdullahi, committing an offence contrary to section 27(1)(b) and 22(2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime ( Prohibition Prevention, Etc) Act ,2015 and punishable under section 22 (2)(b)(IV) of the same Act

Upon arraignment, they all pleaded guilty to the charge.

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