The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of one Oteyowo Akinkunmi Samuel over internet-related fraud.
Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, pronounced the 32-year-old, who claimed to be a graduate of civil engineering, guilty of a one-count amended charge of criminal impersonation on Monday, and handed him a 14-month jail sentence.
He was charged for defrauding one Warren Doht, an American, of a total sum of N19,664,128.50 million.
The crime, according to the prosecution, contravened Section 22(2) (b) (ii) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) of the same Act.
The convict had, however, approached the Commission for a plea bargain agreement, which formed the basis for the amended charge with which he was arraigned and convicted of on Monday.
After pleading guilty to the amended charge, prosecution counsel, Murtala Usman, urged the court to convict him accordingly.
Apart from the jail term, the court also ordered Oteyowo to return the N19 million to the victim.