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Man jailed over internet love scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal Office, yesterday, secured the conviction of one Idunwoyi Osaigbovo before Justice D. Z. Senchi of a Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court sitting in Jabi, on a two-count charge bordering on love scam.

Osaigbovo was alleged to have fraudulently obtained money from two Caucasian women, Ms. Helen and Kathy Jackson by posing online as William Robert, a Caucasian Engineer.

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He pretended to be in a love relationship with both women which made them trust him. He allegedly obtained the total sum of $1,900 in Bitcoins.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Idunwoyi Bright Osaigbovo, sometimes in 2018 in Abuja within the judicial division of the honourable court pretended that you were WILLIAM ROBERT a male Caucasian engineer, with email willirobbi56@gmail.com and obtained the sum of $700 from one Helen on two occasions from one Kathy Jackson in Bitcoin in the guise of being in a romantic relationship with her and thereby committed an offence under Section 322 of the Penal Code.”

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He pleaded “guilty” to the charges.

In view of his plea, Justice Senchi convicted him and sentenced him to one month in prison with an option of fine of N25,000 as a first time offender.

He further ordered that the proceed of the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government for onward refund to the victims.

 

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