Monday 25th September, 2017
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Man bags 6 years in prison for N7.8m love scam

Man bags 6 years in prison for N7.8m love scam

The Economic and Fi­nancial Crimes Com­mission has secured the conviction and sentencing of an Internet fraudster, Akin­tunde Vincent Abiodun, a.k.a Christopher Williams, before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja.

The 37-year-old convict was arraigned earlier in January on an amended 12-count charge of stealing and forgery to the tune of N7,806,093.

Abiodun’s long walk to jail began after he presented him­self as Christopher Williams to his victim, Dona Bonni, whom he met on a dating site on the Internet.

The convict, as part of his tricks, had told Bonni that he inherited gemstones worth $18, 050,000 from his late fa­ther in the United Kingdom.

He also forged an Ameri­can passport with which he convinced his victim of his purported nationality. Conse­quently, the convict dishon­estly received various sums of money, at different times, from his victim. When he was ar­raigned, he pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to him, thereby setting the stage for his trial.

The prosecution counsel, Ola Sesan, tendered several documents that were admit­ted in evidence and presented witnesses who testified against the accused. In view of this, the convict later filed an applica­tion for plea bargaining before the court.

Delivering his judgment, Justice Ipaye, however, sen­tenced the accused to six years imprisonment. The convict was found guilty and jailed three years each on counts 1 to 11 of stealing. The sentences are to run concurrently. The convict was also found guilty and jailed three years each on count 12 of forgery. The sen­tences are to run separately from the date of arraignment.